eSmart helps libraries stay safe online
New findings suggest eSmart Libraries plays a key role in supporting library users to develop their digital capacities to stay safe online.
eSmart Libraries was evaluated by the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre in April this year.
Evidence was gathered on four areas: impact, implementation, partners’ objectives, and stakeholder perceptions, with the latter including library managers, library staff, library users and local government representatives.
Results indicated that 100% of libraries evaluated are introducing new policies, procedures and practices to ensure online safety.
Furthermore, 90% of library staff interviewed reported improved knowledge on how to be safe, smart and responsible online.
A one-page overview provides insights into how eSmart complements what libraries are already doing – putting in place measures to help create a cybersafe environment for users, especially children.
eSmart Libraries, however, provides a national framework and access to high quality resources to help promote the smart, safe and responsible use of technology, particularly relevant in 2016 – the National Year of Digital Inclusion.
Nearly one third of all Queensland public libraries have started their eSmart journey, while Logan, Noosa and Mount Isa Libraries are officially ‘eSmart Libraries’, with their ‘We are eSmart’ signs providing a safe and welcoming feeling for new visitors and existing library users.
Joining eSmart Libraries is free and easy. Register here.