With the goal of providing an effective and efficient access to S&T information through the use of information and communications technologies (ICT), the Department of Science and Technology Regional Office No. IX (DOST IX) has recently released a grant to the Regional Information Technology and E-Commerce Committee (RITECC-IX) to carry out the project “Piloting of STARBOOKS in Selected Schools / Libraries in Zamboanga Peninsula Region.” The grant, amounting to P 760,324.00is funded under the DOST Grants-in-aid (GIA) program. RITECC- IX is a special committee on ICT under the Regional Development Council IX.
STARBOOKS, or the Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly-Operated Kiosk Station, is a stand alone, onsite research kiosk that provides free access on S&T information for academic and livelihood use. The system provides relevant and latest information on S&T subjects. Users can have access to thousands of titles of books, journals, scientific researches, technical and annual reports and other latest data and information contained at the DOST’s Science Information Network (SciNeT), Philippine eLib project sources, freely-available online resources, and subscribed databases.
The recipients of the project are selected educational institutions / libraries in Region IX with S&T priority subjects in their curriculum as identified by the RITECC-IX members. The project also aims to create and enhance interest of students in the field of S&T, encourage their great and curious minds to develop new ideas, inventions and innovations and stimulate and inspire their capacity to get involved in research and entrepreneurship.
Other schools who wish to avail of the STARBOOKS will be given the contents / software for free. However, they are required to provide for the computer system with the minimum requirements specified for the installation of the STARBOOKS software.
STARBOOKS is the First Philippine Science Digital Library developed by the Science and Technology Information Institute (STII) of DOST.
For more information, interested parties may visit or call the DOST-IX office at Pettit Barracks, Zamboanga City with telephone numbers (062) 991-1024 and look for Ms. Thelma E. Diego. (DOST IX PRESS RELEASE)