Western Australia’s first eSmart Library

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Western Australia’s first eSmart Library celebrates cyber safety for staff and visitors

Wanneroo Libraries has become Western Australia’s first library service to achieve 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 and Madeline Foundation CEO Dr Judith Slocombe said the Wanneroo Libraries’ accreditation was a wonderful sign that the program has become truly national.

“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 Western Australia’s first eSmart library service.

“We know that libraries play a vital role in bridging the digital divide across the country.” Ms Coates said.

Wanneroo Libraries Manager Sue North said eSmart had not only built awareness of cyber safety issues but also provided opportunities for the community to be smart, safe and responsible online.

“By increasing skills to use digital technologies, our community and our library staff will be able to support our users to become more confident and positive about the benefits of digital technologies,” Ms North said.

“eSmart Libraries melds with what the City of Wanneroo is trying to achieve to support the wider community to increase digital literacy and cyber safety.

“It fits our aspiration to build on our existing technology strength and to be recognised leaders in the community in terms of innovation and access to digital technologies.”

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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