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eSmart Libraries Check In Edition 30

Check-in | Edition 43 December 2016

This month’s edition of ‘Check-In’ rounds up a busy year and provides a centralised pot of resources to dip into throughout 2017 to increase your community’s skills and knowledge around cyber safety and digital literacy.

Looking back over the last 12 months, 294 libraries registered for the eSmart Libraries initiative.  We are very proud to announce that almost 60% of all public libraries in Australia are now progressing towards becoming eSmart. 
eSmart Resources and Collateral Top-up

We have collated an extensive list of cyber safety tools and resources to help you update your own cyber safety resources and collateral. We recommend that you save these and refer to these resources and external websites throughout the coming year.

A curated list of the most popular eSmart resources include:
  • Brand new resources from libraries
  • Our top choices
  • External Digital Learning Resources to Share
  • Posters
  • Websites to Report Cybercrime and Anti-Social Online Content
NEW: Speaker Bureau

The Alannah & Madeline Foundation is proud to announce that we will be offering new cyber safety workshops in 2017 - catering for all ages.

These workshops have been developed by experts at the Alannah & Madeline Foundation and are suitable for library staff, local schools and the broader community.

Libraries can select from standard workshops or build their own by selecting from a range of modules including cyber safety, bullying and the impact of violence against children. Cost start from $500 with discounts for eSmart registered libraries, and bundled costs for more than one workshop.

For more information please contact:
Case Study

Check out the case study from Brendan Murphy the eSmart Libraries Coordinator from Mitcham Libraries, SA.
New libraries joining eSmart

We warmly welcome the following libraries to eSmart:

Western Downs Regional Council Library Service, QLD
Parkes Shire Library Service, NSW
North Burnett Regional Council Library Service, QLD
Central Northern Regional Library, NSW
Hornsby Shire Library and Information Service, NSW
Shire of Cue Library Service, WA
LINC Tasmania, TAS
City of Playford Library Service, SA
Manjimup Library Service, WA

A local library asked their community to pledge to be smart, safe and responsible online and collected signature from many of their customers. A great engagement idea for everyone (seen below).
eSmart celebrations

Congratulations to all the library services who have reached eSmart accreditation this year.  Many of these libraries set themselves targets to aim towards for becoming eSmart by the end of this year.

Geraldton Regional Library Service, WA
Scenic Rim Regional Council Library Service, QLD
Redland City Council Library Service, QLD
LINC Tasmania, TAS
City of Ballarat Library Service, VIC
West Gippsland Regional Library Corporation, VIC 

Training button for face to face training and online support

If you are looking for eSmart support and guidance during the year please click on the training button (found under the Training tab) on the eSmart Libraries website. The eSmart team is already planning for training sessions in early 2017.
Tips and Tricks for being Cyber Safe
Tips from Stay Smart Online

Protect yourself and your mobile phone
Mobile devices like smartphones and tablets are basically small portable computers. Just like your computer at home they can be hacked, infected with a virus and, if unsecured, provide access to your personal information.
Read more
Using public wireless networks
Public wi-fi 'hotspots' in places like cafés, airports, hotels and libraries are convenient but, unlike your home computer, use of public hotspots involves security compromises. It's easy for other users to intercept your data, so be careful about what information you send or receive while connected.
Read more

Research snapshot: Digital lives of older Australians
If you were born before 1952, you join the estimated 3.6 million Australians (19 per cent of the adult population) who are aged 65 and over.  To say that times have changed for this group of Australians would be an understatement. Read more

Smart Libraries make smart citizens for the 21st Century
by Liz McGettigan, Director of Digital Library and Cultural Experiences, VP CILIP Scotland

10 ways that libraries power Smart Cities (left)
by Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA)