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eSmart Libraries

National eSmart Week
A splash of purple was seen across Australia with over 100 libraries among the 1,000 organisations celebrating National eSmart Week.

The week once again showed how important libraries are as trusted places for communities to come together and learn together. From staff training and eSmart displays to cyber safety story time and community outreach, each library took a unique approach to the week, all with the common goal of promoting the smart, safe and responsible use of technology.

At the newly opened Bargoonga Nganjin, North Fitzroy Library in Melbourne on 3 September, National eSmart Week was launched by the Federal Minister of Communications and Arts, Mitch Fifield, GM Telstra Foundation, Jackie Coates and Australia’s eSafety Commissioner, Julie Inman Grant. A very big thanks to the library team at Yarra Libraries for their event assistance and venue on Father’s Day!
Now eSmart
Congratulations to the following libraries who became eSmart during National eSmart Week.
•    Upper Hunter Regional Library, NSW
•    Melbourne Athenaeum Library, VIC
•    Mornington Peninsula Library Service,
•    District Council of Mount Barker
     Library Service, SA
•    City of Burnside Library Service, SA
We celebrate these achievements with a special eSmart Week
case study written by Mount Barker and Melbourne Athenaeum Library which includes some great new training resources that you are free to use in your own library.
Other libraries used eSmart Week to
celebrate! Accreditation events were held at Moreton Bay, QLD, Gunnedah, NSW and Hepburn Libraries, VIC while Ipswich, QLD celebrated in August.

Here's a
case study that takes a closer look at these wonderful events and provides an insight into what eSmart and digital literacy means for these four library communities.
Did we miss your library celebration? Let us know if you had an event or would like to share photos and we'll include it in December's newsletter.

Highlights and resources

Here’s a snapshot ofhighlights, ideas and resources and highlights to come out of National eSmart Week:

•    A highlight is always the webinars. Don’t worry if you missed them, they have all been recorded and can be viewed
The top cyber tips this year saw a cyber safety super group formed with Project Rockit and the Alannah & Madeline Foundation who came together to share 10 great cyber safety tips

•    Mornington Peninsula Library Service used eSmart Week to reach eSmart status. They have provided us with a
wonderful snapshot of their week-long activities
•    There were plenty of new ideas coming through on Twitter. Search
#esmartweek on Twitter for further highlights from across Australia.

Best resources from your library peers
Hepburn Library
Hepburn Library has put together a wonderful cyber safety bookmark. It contains tips to stay safe and some key resources.
Shire of Bunbury Libraries
Shire of Bunbury Libraries have recently put their own slant on the code of conduct concept originally created by the City of Port Adelaide Enfield.