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eSmart Libraries

The last Check-In of 2017! 

Did you know that 2017 was the final full year of available funding for eSmart Libraries?

The success of the initiative has been shown by the tenacity and persistence of library teams right across Australia. You have embedded eSmart into your library's operations, and staff teams consistently aim for a smart, safe and responsible online culture. You have encouraged your community to up-skill themselves and enjoy using digital technology in so many ways.

We round up the year in this final issue of Check-In by including firm favourites and the latest resources, posters and Top Tips. Refer to this information throughout the year ahead for awareness weeks, staff training and policy updating.

Many of the information pieces designed by libraries has an eSmart logo. If you would like to add one to your work,
download it here.


A massive congratulations to the latest library services for achieving eSmart status:

  • Berrigan Shire Library Service, NSW (pictured right: 
    L-R: Ros, Jo, Jenny, Kerryn and Becky)
  • Western Downs Regional Library Service, QLD
Berrigan Shire Library Working Group photo
  • City of Prospect Library Service, SA
  • Adelaide Plains Library Service, SA
  • Southern Grampians Library Service, VIC
  • City of Rockingham Library Service, WA
  • City of Subiaco Library Service, WA
  • City of Belmont Library Service, WA
  • Shire of Augusta-Margaret River Library Service, WA
  • City of Belmont Working Group (pictured above: 
    L-R: Edith, Shayde, Kathy, Nicole)

The eSmart Libraries community continues to grow rapidly. All together, 123 branches have become eSmart this year. Everyone is contributing to building an eSmart Australia!

New libraries joining eSmart
A big welcome to the following libraries who have recently registered for eSmart and are on their way:

  • Liverpool City Library Service, NSW
  • Ryde Library Service, NSW
  • Adelaide Plains Libraries, SA
  • Whyalla Public Library, SA
  • Goldfields Library Corporation, VIC
  • Shire of Dumbleyung Library Service, WA
  • City of Kwinana Library Service, WA
  • Kingston Libraries, VIC

Did you know that 75% of all public library services in Australia have reached status or are becoming eSmart?  Here is the state/territory breakdown highlighting the number of registered branches:

Library services registered nationally: 1104 
ACT: 100%     NSW: 67%     NT: 97%     SA: 85%     TAS: 100%    
VIC: 98%    WA: 80%     QLD: 42%

Resources to support you into 2018

Central pot of resources
We have access to a wealth of outstanding tools, resources and website information, created and designed by libraries and leading organisations. 

How can you save time searching through it all for that ideal poster message or short cyber safety video?

To make researching easier we have compiled a range of information and material within several easy-to-reference groups.

Here’s a central pot of resources you can dip into throughout the year.

What gets the patrons interested?
Results from a recent library user survey strongly indicated that patrons were most interested to learn about cyber safety from brochures and tip sheets in the library.

Primary school students are often active designers and have created posters for libraries to promote activities and events such as ‘Storytime’.

Here's a new range of eSmart posters designed by Frankston City Libraries.
Poster 1    Poster 2    Poster 3    Poster 4

Clean up your digital footprint
Succinct cyber safety tips are a perfect way to deliver information and have become a regular feature in newsletters, websites and social media posts for many libraries.

A checklist of 7 tips suggested by Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) teaches tech users how to clean up their digital footprint and is ideal to be developed into high visual posters as part of the library's school holiday program.

Telstra's first mobile agreement

Telstra's 'My first mobile Agreement' is an oldie but a goodie. An ideal component in a bundle of digital information suitable for youth groups or school book bags.

Digital protection resources from Stay Smart Online 
Resources from other libraries

Bringing you the latest eSmart materials before they are made available via the eSmart Resource Library. Take a first-hand look and discuss how they could benefit your community or staff team:

Domain 1
Terms of Reference – City of Canning Library Service, WA

Domain 2
Procedure for Managing Online Incidents – Scenic Rim Libraries, QLD

Domain 3
Staff Training Plan – Carnarvon Public Library, WA

Responsible Online Behaviour Slideshow – Adelaide Plains Library Service, SA

Domain 4
User Training Plan – Bunbury Libraries, WA

eSmart Bookmark – Hepburn Libraries, VIC

eSmart Brochure – Fraser Coast Libraries, QLD

Invercargill Facebook Campaign
Invercargill Library in New Zealand decided to creatively raise awareness of their library via Facebook to a new generation of users. Check out their creative Facebook campaign here.
City of Rockingham Library 
These bright and informative posters made by City of Rockingham Library Service show how to create your own Code of Conduct (behaviour charter), to share eSmart messages across the community.