As a librarian, you help patrons tap into the library’s resources, you may also assist them access onsite computers and the Internet—and become an appreciated source of information on how to be safe and secure online.
A great place to start is by participating in National Cyber Security Awareness Month, held in October 2012. Even if you have just one hour to devote to this nationwide observance or decide to make a larger time commitment, you’ll be sure to find at least one activity from the list below that can make a big difference!
What You Can Do…
…in less than One Hour:
…in less than One Day:
- Remind patrons who conduct library business online (for example, loan ebooks) to create long and strong passwords for their online library account. (Download more cybersecurity tips at http://staysafeonline.org/stay-safe-online)
…in less than One Week:
…in less than One Month:
- Work with your IT staff to host a series of cybersecurity educational presentations for your patrons on topics such as securing technology at home, keeping kids safe online, online safety for seniors, cybersecurity for small business, and careers in cybersecurity.
- Review your library collection to be sure you have current books about online safety for kids and parents. Create a special display of these books in honor of the month.
…All Year Round:
- Review the library’s computer security policies and make sure they are up-to-date. Make sure all software is current and that computers are turned off when the library is closed.