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eSmart Libraries Check-In February 2017

Welcome to our first newsletter for 2017. We are so excited that we now have a community of more than 900 libraries on the eSmart journey with us! We know that this year’s bi monthly newsletters will be full of fabulous library tales and stories of digital literacy champions! .

This year the eSmart Libraries newsletter, Check-In, will be published every second month so look out for the next edition at the beginning of April. If you have stories or photos to share with the eSmart community we’d love to hear from you at
eSmart Libraries Evaluation 2016

The University of Western Sydney has released an independent report praising the Alannah & Madeline Foundation's eSmart Libraries program.
The user Wave Two survey of over 500 people not only provides evidence of eSmart’s outstanding behaviour change results but also some tremendous general feedback from librarians, library users and council staff.

Following on from eSmart Libraries Wave One independent evaluation in 2015, Wave Two has now concluded, with outstanding results and practical digital implications for libraries and their communities.

The Executive Summary within the evaluation report, conducted by Western Sydney University, outlines the findings and shares case studies on the program’s implementation success across the nation. 
eSmart celebrations

Hot off the press: the first state to have 100% fully eSmart accredited libraries is Tasmania! Minister for Education and Training, Jeremy Rockcliff, announced the milestone at an event at Burnie Library on Friday 27th January. See story herePhoto: Jeremy Rockcliff with staff from LINC

At the end of last year, Albany Public Library, WA was proud to become an eSmart Library, having introduced an outstanding Internet Use Policy and incorporated cyber safety in a variety of presentations, workshops, handouts and tech sessions for their community.

Hobsons Bay Libraries, VIC celebrated becoming eSmart in December with the launch of their Learning Communities Strategic Plan. Congratulations to Paula Kelly and the team for embracing the digital challenge in one of Victoria’s growth corridors.

Congratulations also to Gympie Regional Library Service, QLD who were the first in 2017 to achieve eSmart status. It took them just over a year and the team are now awaiting eSmart signs to display in each of their six branches.

Adelaide City Council Library, SA plans to widely announce their eSmart status through the display of oversized banners in their library. Last year the team partnered with ThinkUKnow during National eSmart Week to host presentations for parents about online privacy and security for young people.

Shire of Dardanup, WA became an accredited eSmart library last month and strengthened their local connections by creating combined events and workshops to engage with young people, parents and children, as well as older community residents.
New libraries joining eSmart

We thought January was a quiet time in libraries for eSmart matters! We would like to heartily welcome the following libraries who are now on their way to becoming eSmart.
  • Adelaide Hills Library Services SA
  • Campbelltown City Council Library Service SA
  • Casey-Cardinia Library Corporation VIC
  • Gascoyne Region WA
  • Goldfields Region WA
  • Great Southern Region WA
  • Kimberley Region WA
  • Merredin Region WA
  • Chittering Library Service WA
  • Narrogin Library Service WA

View a full list of participating libraries here.
eSmart resources 

Shire of Dardanup made great connections through their local council to increase awareness around being safe online within their community. View this excellent Summary of Engagement to assist you through Domain 5.

City of Albany’s thorough Public Internet Use Policy can be used to update your own Internet and WiFi Policy (Action 2.3).

Adelaide City Council presented a highly visual eSmart Libraries Briefing Presentation to their staff. You can use the content for your own eSmart Induction (Action 3.1).

Especially for libraries in Victoria, East Gippsland Shire Libraries identifies How eSmart links to Council policies, plus ALIA and PLVN’s current Strategy (Action 1.3).
Fremantle City Library, WA and Campaspe Regional Libraries, VIC have jointly received the Network Partner Award by Go Digi for their work in Digital Literacy. Here’s a snapshot of the sessions held at Fremantle and the positive impact on their community.

Go Digi is a partnership between Australia Post and Infoxchange. The national campaign is a four year digital literacy program whose goal is to support more than 300,000 Australians to improve their digital literacy skills. 

Go Digi welcomes you as a learner, mentor and partner.

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