The eSmart Libraries program is designed to teach individuals about cyber safety and will be available through Libraries ACT. As one of 21 library services selected to pilot the new initiative, Libraries ACT will attempt to make with governments, schools, industry, community groups and individuals all a bit safer and more confident online.
“Libraries ACT is helping Canberrans to embrace the benefits of the online world through eSmart Libraries, with a focus on cyber safety and digital inclusion for all,” Ms Little said.
“The online realm is ever-changing and it is as important as ever for people to feel confident when using the internet. Our libraries play a crucial role in making the internet both safe and accessible to the community.”
Ms Little said more than 59% of Canberrans are library members and that internet applications are amongst the most popular services used by members.
“We have already seen Libraries ACT lead the way in Canberra’s digital realm with the recent launch of the ACT Digital Hub at Gungahlin library.
“Now, through eSmart Libraries, Canberrans can learn how to manage security and privacy risks, how to download content ethically and legally, and how to manage their reputation online, with the security and knowledge of eSmart trained library staff.