School libraries launch national initiative to help to keep kids safe online

This year, Library and Information Week (20-26 May) coincides with National Cyber Security Awareness Week creating the perfect opportunity for the launch of Project 13, an initiative of Australian library associations, government, philanthropic and corporate partners to help keep children safe online.

Every parent fears their child being bullied, and cyberbullying has added an extra layer to the threat. Project 13 recognises the special role of school libraries as a place where students often access online resources, and the opportunity library staff have to promote cybersafetyinformation.  The project complements other school initiatives to deal with cybersafety by positioning school library staff as having an important role in keeping students safe online.

The Project 13 website launches today, Monday 20 May.

Through Project 13, school library teams will have access toweb-based resources and information tipsheets led by eSmart, a cybersafety system from The Alannah and Madeline Foundation, to offer guidance to students and parents. Industry partner Softlink will be conducting research into school libraries and cybersafety as part of its annual Australian School Library Survey.

The library associations are partnering with the Department of Broadband Communications and the Digital Economy for National Cybersafety Awareness Week, to promote being safe online through displays, events and activities right across the country.

Note for editors

Why the name? Three reasons: the initiative takes its name from the year, 2013, the recommended minimum age for interaction with social media (Facebook), 13, and the original announcement date Friday 1 March 2013 (1/3/13). 


Project 13 partners include:

Australian Library and Information Association

Contact: Sue McKerracher, Executive Director, 02 6215 8215, 04 0445 6749; Erin York, Media Coordinator, 02 6215 8225, 04 5055


Australian School Library Association

Contact: Karen Bonanno, Executive Officer, 07 3633 0510


Contact: Susan Tierney, Manager, International Marketing, 07 3124 6111

The Hub Contact: Barbara Combes,

School Library Association of Queensland

Contact: SLAQ Secretariat, 0400 937 089,

School Library Association of NSW

Contact: 03 9349 5822

School Library Association of SA

Contact: Sue Johnston, SLASA Secretary


Monday 20 May 2013 8:30am