ACT libraries safer online after receiving eSmart accreditation

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Every Australian Capital Territory library is safer online after receiving eSmart accreditation

All nine library branches in the Australian Capital Territory are safer, smarter and more responsible online after achieving accreditation through the Alannah & Madeline Foundation’s eSmart framework.

eSmart Libraries, delivered in partnership with the Telstra Foundation, helps libraries incorporate digital literacy and improve cyber safety while offering ways to deal with cyber bullying.

Since its launch in 2012, almost half of Australia’s public libraries have registered for eSmart, a community committed to broadening specialist digital skills and resources in order to promote the appropriate use of digital technology in Australia. The Alannah & Madeline Foundation CEO Dr Judith Slocombe said Australian Capital Territory libraries should be congratulated for their commitment to embracing best practice methods in public spaces.

“Libraries are knowledge centres, they are the place for all members of the community to find information, resources and identify local services,’’ Dr Slocombe said.

“Being eSmart means having the knowledge to guard against security and privacy risks, to research and download content in an ethical and legal manner, and manage reputation and relationship-based issues online.”

Telstra Foundation General Manager Jackie Coates said Telstra was thrilled to be able to celebrate the achievement. “We know that libraries play a vital role in bridging the digital divide across the country in metropolitan, regional and rural Australia,” Ms Coates said.

Libraries ACT Director Vanessa Little said the framework was important because it enabled staff to support the community in using library services and learning skills for life in a digital world.

“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,” Ms Little said.

“Everyone has the opportunity to participate in practical sessions to learn about how to use digital technologies, and to access a range of online learning tools available via the library.”

For more information go to www.esmart.org.au or www.amf.org.au. Media inquiries contact Adrian Bernecich: 03 9697 0683, 0416 045 701 or adrian.bernecich@amf.org.au.

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