multi-year partnership between the Telstra Foundation and The Alannah and Madeline Foundation to
develop and deliver eSmart Libraries across Australia – one of the most significant community
cybersafety programs ever undertaken in Australia.
Over the next six years, the Foundations will work with Australia’s 1,500 public libraries to roll out eSmart
Libraries – a world-leading cybersafety system to better equip and connect local communities with the
skills they need for smart, safe and responsible use of technology.
Telstra Foundation Chairman, Geoff Booth, said the partnership between the Telstra Foundation and The
Alannah and Madeline Foundation takes the successful eSmart system beyond the schoolyard and into
the broader community.
“Libraries are vital community hubs and play a key role in bridging the digital divide,” Mr Booth said.
“The Telstra Foundation recognises the online digital world is changing the way we work, socialise,
communicate, transact and organise our lives and this fast-changing environment presents new risks.”
“This partnership, through eSmart Libraries, will give more Australians the opportunity to experience the
social and economic benefits of new communications technologies whilst making the online library
experience more inclusive and safer for everyone,” Mr Booth said.
The Alannah and Madeline Foundation’s CEO, Dr Judith Slocombe, said the Foundation is committed to
working with the Telstra Foundation and libraries to help the community, irrespective of income, ability or
disadvantage, to increase their skills to become more empowered cyber-citizens.
“Many sectors of the community rely on their community library to use technology as they don’t have
access to it in their own homes,” Dr Slocombe said.
“eSmart Libraries is an extension of eSmart Schools, which The Alannah and Madeline Foundation has
made available to all Australian schools in 2011. Since the national roll out of eSmart Schools, more than
1,400 schools across all states have adopted eSmart, with more schools coming on board each week.
“The Alannah and Madeline Foundation is proud to partner with the Telstra Foundation and we have a
shared vision to help all Australians become smart, safe and responsible online.”
The Telstra Foundation and The Alannah and Madeline Foundation will pilot eSmart Libraries in 20
clusters of libraries in early 2013 and afterwards, roll it out Australia-wide.
Over 54 per cent of Australians are members of libraries, which are regarded as central places for
community members to learn and ask questions, making them the perfect location for this initiative.