Burdekin Library Joins eSmart Libraries Program!


Since February this year, the Burdekin Library has been proudly participating in the eSmart Libraries pilot. We have joined 21 other library services across five states and two territories to lead our community’s approach to cybersafety. Our library will use eSmart to help staff and library users to embrace the positive benefits of the digital world while guarding against the risks.

eSmart Libraries is a behaviour-change program developed in partnership by the Telstra Foundation and The Alannah and Madeline Foundation in collaboration with Australia’s library network, connecting libraries and their users with tools and resources to help improve cybersafety and wellbeing.

 Since the eSmart Libraries initiative was announced in August 2012, an online system tool has been built where pilot libraries work through a comprehensive framework, accessing best-practice resources, helpful tools and program support. Tailored training for pilot libraries started on 26 February 2013 and ran for one month – we attended along with 130 staff from other libraries, and have returned equipped with the knowledge to begin implementing eSmart Libraries at the Burdekin Library.

 From July 2013, eSmart Libraries will be offered to all of Australia’s 1,500 public libraries over the next five years.

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