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Edition 36 - April 2016

An update from the eSmart team.

eSmart team staff recently visited libraries in Mildura, Wagga Wagga and Sydney to help them progress towards reaching eSmart status this year.

On these visits the team witnessed some amazing work being done to reduce cyber bullying and increase their community's knowledge and skills of online safety.

We have added new eSmart resources within the Resources Library, including policies, training plans and procedures for managing cyber incidents.

We will be in Perth and surrounding areas in May visiting libraries and supporting eSmart Coordinators to reach accreditation faster.

If you would like a support visit from one of the team let us know via esmartlibraries@amf.org.au.


The eSmart Libraries Team.

ACT Libraries gain eSmart accreditation

All nine library branches in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) have become safer, smarter and more responsible online after achieving accreditation through our eSmart Framework.

“One of the most important parts of eSmart Libraries is using it as a springboard to help equip people with the skills they need to use technology,” Libraries ACT Director Vanessa Little said. Read more


Case Study: Redlands library

Redlands library have almost completed planning and are beginning to implement policies and training programs. They are also preparing to roll out a user survey, which will help them understand the concerns and needs of the Redlands population a bit better.

Read the full case study.

L-R: Joanne Bagrowski, Penny Haywood, Daniel Biggs, Matthew Mallard, Kim English, Gillian McNeill, Karen Gordon and Tessa Paggiaro.

Support Opportunities

If you are in need of some eSmart training ideas, why not chat with a neighbouring library service, as many are happy to share their policies and training slides.

You can also get in touch with eSmart schools in your area to help you collaborate and reach out to your community. Doing this will help you increase network connections for Domain 5.

We can provide you with a list of eSmart schools and libraries in your area.

Library Information Week: 23 - 29 May

Library Information Week is a great opportunity to arrange community talks on cybersafety and there are many great sessions you can book or run yourself.

These eSmart libraries recently ran the following sessions and have shared their presentations with you: Review: Cybersmart – Internet Safety Awareness session

More than 50 people attended two Cybersmart – Internet Safety Awareness workshops that were conducted at Williamstown Library on Thursday March 3rd as a partnership between Hobsons Bay Libraries and Youth Services. The workshops, run by Greg Gebhart of the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner, encouraged young people to stay safe online. One session targeted professionals who work with young people and the other focused on parents and carers. Professionals, parents and carers left the sessions with a solid understanding of the behaviors of young people and the benefits and potential risks of the online world. Find out more at www.esafety.gov.au

Engaging your community in these type of sessions is a great way to tick off Action 5.2.

Latest eSmart resources


Latest cybersafety resources, news and research

  • Broadband for Seniors was set up by the Federal Department of Social Services in 2008 as a club for Australian Over 50’s to develop basic computer and internet training skills for free. Nominate your library as a learning kiosk and become a volunteer tutor.
  • Here are some videos focused on protecting children’s privacy, safe texting and dealing with trolls.
  • With more and more apps available it’s hard to keep up with latest trends. Have a look at this quick guide to popular social media apps from the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner.
  • Frauds and scam emails are high on the list of concerns for new internet users. Stay Smart Online the Federal Government’s online safety and security website helps inform on current risks and the steps to protect our online personal and financial information. 
  • Nominate your library as a training centre for online sessions. Sign up as a network partner and help your community realise their online potential.
  • Online safety is a big part of using the internet and members of your library team can become a Go Digi Mentor.

NCAB Conference - Early Bird offer for the first 100

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 focus on the work being done to address bullying, enhance wellbeing, and create safe and supportive environments for our communities. Book tickets now.

Candlelight Vigil to commemorate 20 years since Port Arthur

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the tradegy at Port Arthur, the Alannah & Madeline Foundation invites you to join Walter Mikac, Founding Patron, John Bertrand AM, Chairman, community leaders and survivors of Port Arthur, to a special candlelight vigil to remember those affected by violence that day.

Thursday 28 April, 6.30pm at Federation Square, Melbourne. Register your attendance.


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.

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

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