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Edition 35 - March 2016

Welcome to our March newsletter.

We have had a flying start to 2016 with the libraries team out and about and visiting many libraries. We have clocked up over 30 visits and look forward to seeing many more of you as the year progresses.

We have celebrated libraries achieving eSmart Status, spent time one-on-one with library coordinators and conducted webinars and training sessions. If you would like us to visit you let us know, our details are at the bottom of this newsletter.

We will be in Canberra this week at the Linked Up, Loud and Literate event and hope to see some of you there.

The eSmart Libraries Team

National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence

The sixth National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence is being held on Friday, 18 March 2016.

Everyone has a role in creating safe and supportive places for children and young people, and there are many ways libraries, especially school libraries, can get involved.

Take a look at their website for ideas and resources you can use.

eSmart Celebrations

We are excited to see the following five libraries nearing eSmart accreditation. It's great to see we have libraries from all across Australia engaging in eSmart.
  • City of Karratha Library Service, Western Australia
  • District Council of Kimba Library Service, South Australia
  • Glenelg Libraries, Victoria
  • Newcastle Library Service, New South Wales
  • Noosa Library Service, Queensland

Case Study: Ipswich Libraries

The Ipswich library has delivered a range of eSmart workshops and information sessions to the community as part of Domain 5 Community Connections. Their sessions have covered a range of eSmart topics including: online scams, parenting in the digital age, online security, sharing photos safely, online identity for teens and creative digital writing for tweens.

Read the full case study.

Spotlight on the System Tool and eSmart resources

  • Have you looked at the Media Guidance page on our website? You can find factsheets, logos and wording to download.
  • Wanneroo Libraries provide us with an excellent example of an Incident Report Procedure (Action 2.4) and have made good use of a document created and shared by Greater Dandenong Libraries. Take a look.
  • Hobsons Bay Libraries engaged a presenter from The Office of the Children's eSafety Commissioner to speak at their library about the potential risks for children online and tips to help children stay safe online (this is a great to way to address actions in Domain 4).

Support Opportunities

We will be in South Australia and New South Wales in the next couple of months to offer support to eSmart Working Groups. If you would like to arrange a session with one of the eSmart team during their visit, please contact us.

Book by email or call us on 1300 538 534.

Safer Internet Day at Wimmera

Wimmera Regional Library Corporation took part in Safer Internet Day on February 9th, by promoting their Broadband for Seniors Webinar. They used posters and handouts to engage their community in cybersafety, especially their seniors, and spread the message across their 12 branches. To encourage staff to engage in eSmart, Wimmera has created a blog for staff to share and discuss cybersafety in the library.

Resources are still available on the Office of the Children's eSafety Commissioner website. Choose some posters to exhibit in your WiFi area (addressing Domain 4).

Cybersafety news and resources


Telstra Mobile Protect factsheet 2015

Did you know that 73% of children with a smartphone are allowed to use it in their bedrooms?

Telstra's latest factsheet provides an overview and practical tips for dealing with the use of devices amongst younger family members. Telstra also has a range of cybersafety tip sheets that are useful for presentations and training. 

NCAB Conference: Tickets on sale

Tickets to this year's National Centre Against Bullying Conference are now available.

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.

Find out more.

Support The Alannah and Madeline Foundation in our 20th year

This April marks 20 years since the Port Arthur tragedy in Tasmania. On that day, two young girls, Alannah and Madeline, along with their mother and 32 others lost their lives.
Over the next year The Alannah and Madeline Foundation will commemorate the tragic loss of life and celebrate the people, and the efforts undertaken to protect our children from violence.

Please contact us to see how your library can get involved in our anniversary year through community fundraising and commemorative events.

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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