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Edition 32 - November 2015


We want the December edition of Check-in to be all about you! We want to showcase your favourite library moments (big or small) of 2015 and what you are looking forward to achieving in 2016 - they don't have to all be related to eSmart, just something you would like to share with the eSmart community. All you need to do is email us a couple of sentences and a picture.


South Australia's eSmart success

In recent months South Australia has had great reason to celebrate, with three library services in the state achieving eSmart status within weeks of each other.

Congratulations to:
  • Port Pirie Regional Council Library
  • City of Charles Sturt Library
  • City of Onkaparinga Libraries
Each of these libraries took just over two years to complete their eSmart journey and move into the Sustaining Stage, where they will continue to promote safe, smart and responsible online behaviours to their staff and library community.

Their best tips to gaining eSmart Status:

Port Pirie Regional Council Library Service
were adaptable in how they implemented eSmart. When the library hit a stumbling block, instead of freezing, they moved onto another area of the journey. This process made the Action Plan resource an invaluable tool to plot their ideas and plan of attack. So too was ALIA’s 'Free Access to Information’ which provided a vision for their Working Group to discuss.

City of Charles Sturt Library Service identified and built upon what they were already doing to address cybersafety in the library, by using resources and tools in the eSmart Resources Library. They found updating all their library policies and procedures to be an essential component in providing the best outcome for staff and users.

City of Onkaparinga Libraries completed the 'Planning Actions' of each domain before looking at 'Implementing Actions'.They realised that the eSmart Libraries Framework was an extension of what they were already doing on a weekly basis, and extended upon this by engaging their community by using with posters, external web-links and a Digital Skills User Survey which made it clear that safe, smart and responsible use of technology was supported and encouraged.

Read the full case studies here.

Pictured below: L-R Onkaparinga and Charles Sturt Libraries Working Group.

Spotlight on Planning

The Planning Stage is the one of the most important parts of your journey. Make sure you refer to the Planning Journey Helper to find a gap analysis tool and tips on creating an effective working group.

Greater Dandenong Libraries

Greater Dandenong Libraries recently completed Planning Stage and shared their planning document with us. We encourage all our libraries to do the same, as we can provide feedback to help your library move into 'Implementation'. Take a look at their planning document for reference and see their full case study. Pictured: Greater Dandenong Libraries Working Group.

eSmart Resources for Planning

The purpose of the Working Group is to oversee and steer the library through the three stages of the eSmart Libraries Framework. See these useful tips to help form a Working Group (action 1.1).

To deliver a great staff eSmart Induction (action 3.1) design your session using the planning points in the eSmart Induction tip sheet.

Latest general cybersafety resources, news and research

  • The role of the eSafety Commissioner
  • Stay Smart Online Tip Sheets
  • Parents Guide to Online safety
  • NSW cops to be trained in cybersecurity
  • Young Australian's need to become a 'human firewall' against cyber attacks
  • Read more.

Training opportunities 

Participate in a personalised 30-minute webinar to discuss tactics to help your library complete its eSmart journey, or book us for one-on-one specialist guidance. Email or phone Joanna on 03 9697 0605 to book.

Schools Libraries Competition

Teacher librarians and school library professionals inspire students every day of the term...ALIA wants to recognise these amazing school libraries and the important services they provide to our school communities. Find out more and nominate a library.

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 over 40% 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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