eSmart Libraries

eSmart Libraries is a purpose-built system designed to equip libraries with and connect library users to the skills they need for smart, safe and responsible use of technology.

eSmart is a behaviour change initiative for cybersafety and wellbeing. It’s an online system that provides a road map to the tools and resources that will equip the library community with the skills and knowledge they need for the smart, safe and responsible use of technology.

Launched in August 2012 by The Alannah and Madeline Foundation's National Patron Julia Gillard, former Prime Minister of Australia, the $8 million multi-year partnership with the Telstra Foundation will deliver eSmart Libraries in collaboration with Australia's library network over six years to all of Australia's public libraries.

esmart Libraries

Why libraries?

Public libraries are the most heavily used community centres in Australia, and reach out to some of the most disadvantaged members of our society. More than half of the population are public library members, who make over 110 million visits a year to 1,500 public libraries across Australia.

Libraries are knowledge centres ; the place for all community members to find information, resources, identify local services and access the internet to complete homework, everyday requirements and explore special interests.

Libraries play an increasingly important role in bridging the digital divide, improving opportunities for all Australians to access the benefits of technology irrespective of income, ability or disadvantage.

Denmark Library Public I.T. Use Policy

Denmark Public Library has developed a policy which outlines user responsibilities and the acceptable use of the technology and internet provided by the Library. The purpose of this policy is to promote positive use of technology and provide a safe environment for all users. The policy can be viewed as a hard copy in the Library or online:  Denmark Library Internet Policy

Recommended websites

Office of eSafety Commissioner is a one-stop-shop for online safety. The Office provides Australians a range of up-to-date information and resources, coupled with a comprehensive complaints system to assist children who experience serious cyberbullying online.

eSafety Woman forms part of the Australian Government’s Women’s Safety Package to Stop the Violence and is designed to empower Australian women to take control of their online experiences.

Games, Apps and Social Networking provides a quick guide to popular Social Media and apps. Parental advise for many sites/apps can be reviewed and set to protect young people from inappropriate actions by others.

Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN) is a national policing initiative of the Commonwealth, State and Territory governments. It is a national online system that allows the public to securely report instances of cybercrime. It will also provide advice to help people recognise and avoid common types of cybercrime.

Stay Smart Online is the Australian Government's online safety and security website, designed to help everyone understand the risks and simple steps we can take to protect our personal and financial information online. We recommend you subscribe to the Alert Service to be notified of the latest online threats and how they can be managed.

SCAMwatch is a website run by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). SCAMwatch provides information to consumers and small businesses about how to recognise, avoid and report scams.

Little Black Book of Scams can be download or you could order your copy of the ACCC's Little Black Book of Scams.