City’s ‘eSmart’ libraries
TIPS, TOOLS ON CYBER SAFETY
CITY of Rockingham libraries are now ‘eSmart’, allowing patrons practical tools, tips and resources on cyber safety.
The program is one of the most significant community cyber safety programs ever undertaken in Australia and is supported by the Alannah & Madeline Foundation and funded by the Telstra Foundation.
Originally starting in 2012, more than one-third of all the 1500 libraries in Australia are now involved in the program.
Libraries are a great environment for sharing the best tips to equip people with the skills to be safe online, with almost half of Australia’s population a member of their local library.
Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels, said he was pleased library users could now navigate the online world in safety.
“The internet has brought so much knowledge right to our fingertips, it is now an intrinsic part of education and daily work practices as well as entertainment,” he said.
“However, pitfalls to this technology do exist so knowing where to find cyber safety resources and how to ensure privacy and security online is vital to navigating the digital space for young and old.
“Our residents are already benefiting from this program, with library staff actively assisting patrons who have been targeted or were vulnerable to being targeted by online scammers.”
City library staff have been working for the last 18 months to integrate cyber safety into their daily operations, staff development and organisational culture through the development of procedures, promotional materials, user education programs and staff training programs.
Having a safer online library experience for every user will give more Australians the opportunity to experience the social and economic benefits of new digital technologies.
Library staff at one of the four branches located in Rockingham, Safety Bay, Warnbro and Baldivis have more information on the eSmart initiatives.
Rockingham Central Library is currently organising an event where community members will battle it out to become the ‘eSmartest’ in a fun, game show style quiz.
Spectators are invited to go and watch and enjoy some light refreshments.
Details will be available on the City’s website soon.
Assistant librarian Zoe Shearman and library services manager Alison Olivier are looking forward to the launch of the ‘eSmart’ program.