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Edition 37 - May 2016


An update from the eSmart team.

We would like to warmly welcome two new members to the eSmart team, Michael van Leeuwen and Brad Langoulant.  Both Michael and Brad have public and state library backgrounds and will be predominantly supporting QLD and NSW libraries to register and progress through to eSmart status.

Members of the eSmart team will travel to Perth later this month to attend Wanneroo Libraries eSmart accreditation event and will also visit a number of libraries for introduction training and framework guidance – if you are in Perth, we look forward to catching up with you.

We hope you enjoy this month’s newsletter and find it a useful resource. The theme for this newsletter is positive messaging and the many ways libraries can embed smart, safe and responsible online behaviours in their community.

Finally, if you would like to register for eSmart Libraries or book into a free one hour support session we are running on Tuesday 24 May please email us today: esmartlibraries@amf.org.au.

Thanks,

The eSmart Libraries Team.
 

Case study: Mount Gambier Library

Mount Gambier Library are currently in the 'Planning' stage of their eSmart journey.

Q. What have been the most challenging aspects of your eSmart Libraries journey so far?

A. The most challenging aspect has been trying to figure out how to help our customers without them realising it, we don’t want people to feel uncomfortable or not wise, so we’ve had to go about things subtly. Read the full case study.

Pictured: Danni Reade, Local History Officer and Jessica Tucker, Programming Officer.
 

Library and Information Week 2016

This year's Library and Information Week supported by Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) will be held from 23 - 29 May.

The theme for this year is 'Discover More'.

We encourage your library to join the week, and create awareness in your community of the wide range of services offered in local public and school community libraries.

You can get involved by organising your own event to celebrate the industry or you can join library and information services across Australia. Find out more
 

New video: Office of the Children's eSafety Commissioner

The Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner is the go to place for online safety. The Office has produced an excellent video to highlight how they assist with protecting young people from online harm and educate users to have positive online experiences. View the video.

Content within this video can be discussed at your next staff meeting (Action 3.2) and added to your online safety page (Action 4.2).
 

Resources shared by eSmart libraries across the country

1. Embedding positive online behaviour is a requirement of eSmart as outlined in Code of Conduct (Action 2.1)City of Port Adelaide Enfield has created and rolled out a highly visual example to benefit their library users.

2. Blacktown Libraries developed a best-practice Social Media Policy and summarised the positive behaviours into four principles.

3. Libraries ACT created a daily tip sheet for staff to encourage positive online behaviours amongst their tech users. The document outlines the library’s responsibility and customer focus towards patrons in fostering smart, safe and responsible use of technology. Use these great tips for upskilling staff in Domain 3.

4. Brimbank Library provided online tips to their library community using a fun acronym based game around eSmart. You can share this with your community during your next cyber awareness campaign/program.

5. For great visual messaging have a look at these short cybersafety videos created by City of Port Philip Council.
 

Latest cybersafety resources, news and research

1. New initiative launched by the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner, ‘eSafety Women’: With a disturbing increase in the use of technology to control, stalk and abuse Australian women, a new initiative—eSafetyWomen—has been launched by the Office to help empower and encourage women to take control of the technology in their lives. View the powerful video.

2. Looking for messaging around some of the biggest issues in social media. 'It's Time We Talked' is a highly regarded, teen specific website addressing porn’s influence on young people.

3. If you are looking to update your library’s iPad or tablet apps, Common Sense Media offers a guide to choosing the best apps for younger users.

4. Library staff are increasingly managing queries around the safety of social media sites. Most social media services have a safety centre where you can learn about safe site use as well as report abuse of offensive content.

5. Young people are increasingly posting images online, sometimes with little consideration to their digital reputation.  Common Sense Media has released a hard hitting booklet to educate online users in positive decision making when posting. 

6. A great poster to pin up in your WIFI area to help people understanding what photos to share or not share online.
 

National Centre Against Bullying Conference - Early Bird offer

NCAB's seventh biennial conference, “Towards Bullying Solutions – Theory and Practice”, will be held on the 28th and 29th of July 2016 at the Crown Conference Centre, Melbourne.

The conference will bring together academics, policymakers, practitioners, educators, principals, leadership teams and young people from around the world, to explore how bullying affects people of all ages.
Speakers include:
  • Dorothy L. Espelage, PhD., and Edward William Gutgsell & Jane Marr Gutgsell Endowed Professor and Hardie Scholar of Education, in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Wendy Craig, PhD., FRSC, Professor of Psychology, Scientific Co-Director of PREVNet, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario
  • Professor Helen McGrath, Adjunct Professor, RMIT  
  • Professor Toni Noble, Adjunct Professor, School of Educational Leadership, Australian Catholic University.
Book your early bird tickets now.
 

Our partnership with the Telstra Foundation

Launched in August 2012 by the former Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon. Julia Gillard MP, our $8 million, multi-year partnership with the Telstra Foundation is delivering eSmart Libraries. The Framework is being provided in collaboration with Australia's library network over the next six years to all of Australia's 1,500 public libraries for free.

eSmart Libraries is now in almost 50% of public libraries across the country.
 

Contact us

This eNewsletter is primarily distributed to eSmart Coordinators and branch champions. If you would like to add a colleague to the list, please email us.

You can find previous editions of this newsletter within the 'latest news' section of our website.

Web. www.esmartlibraries.org.au
Email. esmartlibraries@amf.org.au
Phone. 1300 538 534

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