Logan libraries state’s first to go eSmart

SAFETY THROUGH LEARNING: Students from Woodridge State School take part in National eSmart Week activities at Logan Central Library.LIBRARIES in Logan became the first in Queensland on Wednesday to adopt measures to improve their customer’s safety online.
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Each of the city’s nine libraries was accreditedunder the eSmart Library Service, an initiative developed in partnership between the Telstra Foundation and The Alannah and Madeline Foundation.

The eSmart program, first launched in August 2012, is now implemented in 40 per cent of libraries across Australia.

It is a cyber-safety system that offers library users tips and guidelines on guarding against onlinesecurity and privacy risks and on downloading content in a legal and ethical way.

A Logan City Council spokesman said the accreditation of the city’s libraries under the program was a significant milestone.

He said students from Woodridge State School had been introduced to the program at the Logan Central library in recent weeks.

“The world-leading program gives library users tools and resources to help improve cybersafety and wellbeing,” he said.

“Logan City Council’s libraries have committed to making all its facilities eSmart compliant, and will be officially accredited to mark National eSmart Week 2015.”

Australia’s inaugral National eSmart Week runs from September 7 to 11, with more than 550 schools and libraries across Australia taking part in activities to tackle cyberbulling and promote digital literacy.

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