City’s ‘eS­mart’ li­braries

TIPS, TOOLS ON CY­BER SAFETY

Weekend Courier - - Opinion -

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.

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