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Edition 33 - December 2015

To our wonderful eSmart libraries,

What a year it has been! We have seen 78 libraries gain eSmart status, 94 libraries begin eSmart and 504 libraries continue their eSmart journey - that's 676 libraries around Australia participating in eSmart!

We hope you all have a relaxing festive season and enjoy a busy summer in the library.

Our office will be closed from Friday 25 December to Monday 4 January. We look forward to working with you all again in 2016.

Jacqui, Jo and all of eSmart Libraries team.

eSmart Celebrations

Congratulations to Greater Dandenong Libraries and Whitehorse Manningham Libraries in Victoria for recently achieving eSmart Status!

Paul Hatcher, eSmart Coordinator at Whitehorse Manningham Libraries:

"It [eSmart] will provide comfort and reassurance to the community that in spite of the growing presence of digital technologies, their local library will continue to be a friendly, inclusive and safe haven to explore and enjoy the benefits of existing and emerging technologies." 

Read the full case study.

Pictured: Greater Dandenong and Whitehorse Manningham libraries eSmart Working Groups.

Summer cybersafety collateral top up

We have collated an extensive list of cybersafety tools and resources to help you update your cybersafety collateral over summer. This list includes:
  • videos, games and activities for young people
  • general cybersafety information for families
  • and much more available on our eSmart website.

eSmart Community

Last edition we asked you to share your 2015 eSmart insights. Moonee Valley Libraries and Wimmera Regional Library have shared these perceptions:

Paula Clark, CEO Wimmera Regional Library Corporation

"Our eSmart coordinator Kerry Willson and two other branch managers attended a presentation by author and cybersafety expert Susan McLean at the Nhill college. Library staff said her presentation was excellent. Primarily aimed at parents, but relevant to library staff and anyone protecting and supervising kids with the internet. It is disturbing how many seemingly ‘safe’ websites are infiltrated by predators, and dangerous influences.

Susan’s book Sexts, Texts & Selfies has proved a valuable resource for staff. Professional development opportunities such as this assist our journey to eSmart accreditation."

 Nicky Klein, eSmart Libraries Coordinator, Moonee Valley Libraries

"Moonee Valley Libraries is currently participating in the ‘16 days in 16 ways’ initiative by promoting a safe and welcoming space for our community. This is an internal program is currently being run by the Moonee Valley City Council to raise staff awareness about domestic violence.

Whether you’re online or visiting the library in person, library staff will always openly engage with respect. Where this issue is concerned, we all need to find a way to contribute to positive change."

Planning for 2016

Safer Internet Day 2016 - Tuesday 9 February
Tuesday 9 February 2016 is Safer Internet Day. A great way to kick off the year and play your part for a better internet.

The Office of the Children's eSafety Commissioner has a number of resources for the whole community to use. Find out more and follow #SID2016

National Year of Digital Inclusion 2016
Next year has been announced as the 'National Year of Digital Inclusion'.

This important year will help Australians to realise their online potential, raise awareness of digital inclusion at all levels of society and celebrate the benefits of digital literacy and digital inclusion.

Libraries can join in by hosting digital literacy learning events for the community

We look forward to providing you with content, support and resources to help you increase online safety and digital inclusion in your community. For more information visit: www.godigi.org.au/NYDI

National Centre Against Bullying Conference 2016
NCAB's seventh biennial conference, “Towards Bullying Solutions – Theory and Practice”, will be held on July 28 and 29, 2016 at the Crown Conference Centre, Melbourne. The conference will focus on the work we are doing to address bullying, enhance wellbeing, and create safe and supportive environments.

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, and to share the latest research on strategies and solutions to help reduce the prevalence and impact of bullying and cyberbullying. For more information visit: www.ncab.org.au/ncab2016

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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