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Melville Acknowledged as Cyber Safety Leader

23 January 2019

The Alannah & Madeline Foundation and the Telstra Foundation now acknowledge the City of Melville libraries as an eSmart accredited service.

The eSmart Libraries program is one of the most significant community cyber safety programs ever undertaken in Australia, with 65% of all libraries in Australia currently involved in the program.

The program was designed to help eliminate safety risks for community members who use digital technologies in their local library. It provides libraries, staff and library users with the skills they need for smart, safe and responsible use of digital technology.

City of Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey said accreditation demonstrates that the City’s library staff have the skills, resources and processes in place to help minimise cyber risk within their facilities.

“37% of Melville residents are a library member, which means it is extremely important that we have the systems and structures to ensure our five libraries are safe and supportive for members and the wider community to navigate the digital world,” Mayor Aubrey said.

“Our accreditation means that the community can feel reassured that our library staff have the skills and knowledge to help them get the most out of their digital technology, while also teaching them how to avoid or reduce cyber risks.

“We encourage the community to embrace the opportunities offered by new technologies, but to also be aware of these potential cyber risks and to educate themselves on how they can protect themselves online, which is where our libraries can help.”

For more information about the eSmart Libraries program, visit www.melvillecity.com.au/libraries

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