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In celebration of National Library Week, I am again tooting the horn of lifelong learning. While this particular gem is not affiliated with a library. it is both a great resource and a good example for libraries who want to expand their services.

Thanks Sarah Houghton-Jan at Librarian in Black for the heads-up on the SelfMadeScholar blog on self learning that also aggregates free online educational resources. It includes a Directory of Free Online Classes, from Buddhism to ESL. You can take a seminar on “Classical Hollywood Cinema” from the American Film Institute or “Art of the Western World” from Annenberg Media. There are also links to free online books and audiobooks (the “Free Library“). As someone who loves self-directed learning and sometimes feels overwhelmed by all that is out there, this is a great centralized resource. I’m really impressed by all the time put in by the creator of this site.