Yanchep Two Rocks library a WA cybersafety leader

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City of Wanneroo library staff including Claire Preston from Clarkson Library can help customers use technology in a smart, safe and responsible way. Picture: Anita McInnes

YANCHEP Two Rocks Library is now equipped to support its customers to use technology in a smart, safe and responsible way.  

On Wednesday, May 25 the City of Wanneroo Library Service, which includes the library at Lisford Ave, Two Rocks, became the first in Western Australia to be acknowledged as a cybersafety leader as part of a nationwide program.

The Alannah and Madeline Foundation and the Telstra Foundation officially recognised the city’s library service as an eSmart library service.

eSmart Libraries is one of the most significant community cybersafety programs ever undertaken in Australia, with more than 50 per cent of all libraries in Australia involved in the program.

Mayor Tracey Roberts said the city was proud to be the first library service in Western Australia to receive the accreditation and hoped it will allow it to continue to provide an excellent library service to the community in the future.  

“Cybersafety is an essential part of modern life and we believe this accreditation will be of great benefit to our residents,’’ she said. 

“This has been the culmination of hard work by our library staff to integrate cybersafety in our daily operations, staff development and organisational culture and we are very excited to see this hard work come to fruition.” 

The Alannah and Madeline Foundation chief executive officer Lesley Podesta said being eSmart meant knowing how to guard against security and privacy risks online, downloading content in a legal and ethical way, research and reference information, and managing reputation and relationships in cyberspace.

“The City of Wanneroo Library Services’ continuous dedication and enthusiasm for the eSmart program shows that local communities are as committed to promoting cybersafety as we are,’’ she said.

Telstra Foundation’s general manager Jackie Coates said Telstra was thrilled to celebrate Western Australia’s first eSmart Library.  

“We know that libraries play a vital role in bridging the digital divide,’’ she said.

They connect communities to the online world and help reach out to some of the most disadvantaged members of our society.

“By making the online library experience safer for everyone, eSmart libraries will give more Australians the opportunity to experience the social and economic benefits of new digital technologies.”