Sunday, 6 November 2016

Clarence Valley libraries want to become eSmart

Clarence Valley Council media release, 31 October 2016:
How smart is your internet usage?

CLARENCE Valley libraries are working through a project to develop their branches as eSmart libraries and need your help.

“eSmart Libraries” is a cybersafety system designed to equip libraries and connect library users with the skills they need for smart, safe and responsible use of technology.

During November libraries are asking users to complete a simple questionnaire that asks about internet usage.

The questionnaire will gather information about the levels of digital literacy and cybersafety awareness of users of the Clarence Regional Library.

Regional librarian, Kathryn Breward, said the aim was to identify any digital literacy and cybersafety needs for the community, and provide ways to address them for library users.

“This will ensure all users of technology in our libraries are comfortable they are in a safe and supported environment in a physical sense and in their usage of the internet,” she said.

This is a voluntary and anonymous survey, and all data will be kept confidential.

The survey will be available at all libraries in print form, as well as online at

For more information on the eSmart project, visit the eSmart website at

Clarence Valley Region libraries are in Bellingen, Dorrigo, Grafton, Iluka, Maclean, Urunga & Yamba plus there is a Mobile Library service.

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