With $8 million in funding from the Telstra Foundation, eSmart is a flexible, comprehensive and well-tested program enabling libraries to confidently manage cyber-issues while embracing the positive aspects of getting online.
Get your libraries to register now – it’s free – to connect local communities with the skills they need for smart, safe and responsible use of technology.
Watch this short video about eSmart in schools and libraries, and then read the article about the program for libraries.
Smart. Safe. Responsible.
eSmart Libraries is a landmark program – one of the most significant digital literacy and cybersafety initiatives ever undertaken in Australia. By joining eSmart, libraries gain access to an evidence-based online framework, various support tools and a range of best practice resources. This ensures that libraries are able to equip their staff and users with the skills and knowledge they need to become smart, safe, and responsible online.
Nearly 50% of all libraries in Australia have now joined the program. The Telstra Foundation has invested $8million over six years, to ensure the program will continue to be provided free of charge until 2018. Now is the time register your library service.
Promoting online safety and mitigating risk
A recent independent evaluation* found that 100% of libraries who have implemented eSmart are introducing changes to policies and procedures to ensure online safety for children and the whole community. Being eSmart is helping guard against security and privacy risks, as well as promoting the positive benefits of technology. Libraries have long been regarded as safe places and eSmart extends this to the online world.
Increasing the digital literacy of their community
Public Libraries are the most heavily used community centers in Australia and are able to reach out to people from all walks of life. The eSmart framework complements the work that libraries are already doing in digital inclusion and digital literacy by providing access to learning resources, information, guidance and training. 83% of all library customers surveyed in eSmart libraries would feel comfortable asking staff for assistance should they come across something unsafe online.
Developing their staff
Thanks to a range of online and face-to-face training options, 90% of library staff who have gone through the eSmart training have reported increased knowledge on how to be smart, safe and responsible online. Library staff have been able to successfully pass on this knowledge to both library users and other council staff.
Celebrating their achievements
Gaining eSmart status is a magnificent achievement and worthy of celebration. Once a library gains accreditation they are formally acknowledged with each library branch receiving an eSmart sign to display. These celebration events are helping bring the community together and celebrating the important role of the local library.
‘The eSmart Libraries system enables people from all walks of life, many from low socio-economic backgrounds and low literacy levels – to benefit from eSmart Libraries. We welcome the opportunity to support and encourage our residents to become digitally literate and cybersafe, and to contribute to their overall wellbeing.’ - City of Charles Sturt Mayor Cr Angela Keneally
*Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre eSmart Libraries Evaluation Report April 2016 https://www.esmart.org.au/news-events/independent-evaluation-of-esmart-libraries/