Benefits of eSmart Libraries

The eSmart Libraries Framework is a comprehensive system providing skills and resources for the library community to confidently manage cyber-issues and continue to embrace the positive aspects of online activity.

Benefits include:

  • eSmart Libraries provides a free and comprehensive solution to help the library integrate  cyber safety in its policies, agreements, staff development, organisational culture, training and day to day operations.
  • The eSmart Libraries Framework helps libraries identify gaps in their policies and operations by offering a well-structured action plan that links to best practice resources.
  • The library can track progress and access resources using a bespoke online system tool. The interactive tool links the framework, actions and resources, giving libraries what they need, when they need it.
  • Implementing eSmart Libraries helps mitigate risks. By participating in the program, libraries can demonstrate their progress in embedding cyber safety and wellbeing in their library practices.
  • eSmart Libraries helps library staff improve their guidance and training for library users. Users gain the skills they need to use digital technologies confidently and safely to get the best out of digital technology and avoid cyber-risks.
  • The most relevant resources and practical tools in cyber safety are collated in one place. Resources are carefully selected and developed by specialists and come in a variety of formats, including videos and interactive games.
  • eSmart Libraries is designed to be adaptable and flexible for all types of libraries - metropolitan, regional, rural, remote and mobile – providing useful guidance to libraries who may have taken some steps to increase awareness and skills in cyber safety, digital literacy and digital citizenship and those who are keen to start.
  • eSmart helps reduce the digital divide by empowering staff and users to increase knowledge and skills to navigate the online world in a safe, smart and responsible way.
  • eSmart Libraries is an extension of a proven model. eSmart Schools was based on a well-researched approach to behaviour change and has been rolled out to more than 2,000 schools with very successful results. 
  • The eSmart Libraries framework is not prescriptive. It enables flexibility so that organisations can tailor the requirements of the framework to suit their particular library community.
  • The library is seen to be taking deliberate steps to manage potential breaches, educate its library community and up skill staff to model responsible online behaviour.

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National eSmart Week 2017

Building Cyber Safe Communities 4 - 8 September 2017

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