Belmont: Ruth Faulkner Public Library accredited as eSmart Library Service

Ruth Faulkner Public Library.
Ruth Faulkner Public Library.

CITY of Belmont’s Ruth Faulkner Public Library has been equipped with cyber safety material following accreditation as an eSmart Library Service by the Alannah and Madeline Foundation and the Telstra Foundation.

eSmart Libraries is a cyber safety program, with over one-third of all libraries in Australia currently involved in the initiative.

Changes at the library include the introduction of a new code of conduct, availability of printed information on cyber safety, digital skills and parenting children in a digital age, as well as new links on the City’s website with information about cyber safety.

Events and workshops are planned in 2018 to educate patrons on how to stay safe online.

Chief executive John Christie said the City was proud to have an eSmart library service.

“This has been the culmination of hard work by our Ruth Faulkner Public Library staff to integrate cyber safety into our daily operations, staff development and organisational culture,” Mr Christie said.

Alannah and Madeline Foundation chief executive Lesley Podesta said the City’s achievement was a significant milestone in the organisation’s journey towards creating an eSmart Australia where all Australians were safe, smart and responsible online.