Broome Li­brary gets eS­mart

Broome Advertiser - - Broome Happenings - Carly Laden

Broome Pub­lic Li­brary has started a new chap­ter, be­com­ing the lat­est WA li­brary to get e Smart.

De­vel­oped by the Alan­nah and Made­line Foun­da­tion and de­liv­ered in part­ner­ship with the Tel­stra Foun­da­tion, e Smart Li­braries is a long-term change pro­gram de­signed to ed­u­cate, track, mon­i­tor and pre­vent cy­ber bul­ly­ing.

While the e Smart pro­gram is pri­mar­ily tar­geted at schools, it also helps pub­lic li­braries in­cor­po­rate dig­i­tal lit­er­acy and im­prove cy­ber­safety.

Alan­nah and Made­line Foun­da­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive Les­ley Podesta said be­ing e Smart meant hav­ing the knowl­edge to guard against se­cu­rity and pri­vacy risks, to re­search and down­load con­tent in an eth­i­cal and le­gal man­ner, and to man­age rep­u­ta­tion and re­la­tion­ship-based is­sues on­line.

Since the frame­work’s launch in 2012, 75 per cent of Aus­tralia’s pub­lic li­braries have reg­is­tered for e Smart.

Shire of Broome li­brary co-or­di­na­tor Sally Ea­ton said Broome Pub­lic Li­brary was work­ing with the com­mu­nity to pro­vide an ed­u­ca­tion in us­ing dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy.

This in­cludes of­fer­ing free ba­sic com­put­ing classes and free wi-fi net­works to pa­trons.

“More and more ser­vices are go­ing on­line,” she said.

“But a lot of peo­ple in our com­mu­nity don’t have their own de­vices or ac­cess so they come to us for help.

“This is our re­sponse to be able to pro­vide that safety.

“(The) e Smart Li­braries ac­cred­i­ta­tion will give us skills, in­for­ma­tion and re­sources to guide and ed­u­cate all our users to en­joy us­ing tech­nol­ogy while un­der­stand­ing the po­ten­tial risks.” Tel­stra area gen­eral man­ager Boyd Brown said Broome Pub­lic Li­brary had worked hard to achieve the e Smart rat­ing and its tim­ing co­in­cided with the roll-out of the Na­tional Broad­band Net­work.

“These two events are in­trin­si­cally linked as the li­brary is now equipped and ready to arm vis­i­tors with the skills and in­for­ma­tion they need to be cy­ber-safe and use tech­nol­ogy more ef­fec­tively,” he said.

“Li­braries play a crit­i­cal role in sup­port­ing all dif­fer­ent age groups within the com­mu­nity as a learn­ing cen­tre and it’s im­por­tant they’re equipped with the skill set to teach oth­ers how to keep pace with tech­nol­ogy.

“This pro­gram will help Broome lo­cals thrive in an on­line world in a safe way, and we’re ex­cited to be a part of this new dig­i­tal tran­si­tion for this iconic in­ter­na­tional tourist desti­na­tion.”

Pic­ture: Carly Laden

Shire of Broome li­brary co-or­di­na­tor Sally Ea­ton said eS­mart would help ed­u­cate the com­mu­nity in cy­ber­safety.

Pic­ture: Tel­stra

Tel­stra area man­ager Boyd Brown with res­i­dents Fran Craw­ford and He­len Es­ma­nis.

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