Since its launching last November 23, 2011 in Zamboanga Peninsula, a total of 18 school-libraries and learning resource centers in Zamboanga Peninsula region have availed the STARBOOKS, or the Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly-Operated Kiosk Stations. The STARBOOKS, is the first Philippine Science Digital Library developed by the Science and Technology Information Institute (STII) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).
The STARBOOKS, is a stand alone, onsite research kiosk that provides free access on S&T information for academic and livelihood use. The mobile library differs from other library portals as it does not require Internet connectivity to deliver information to its users. The project is aimed at providing Filipinos with relevant and latest information on science and technology. Users can access thousands 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 science digital library, also contains various videos on DOST-developed technologies for entrepreneurs looking for potential science-based livelihood. The videos range from food processing to laundry soap making and other livelihood materials.
The DOST-STII will continuously build-up the STARBOOKS content to ensure that the information offered are rich, appropriate and timely. DOST expects that this project will spur a wave of S&T enthusiasts and entrepreneurs.
To date, the DOST-IX has deployed STARBOOKS to a total of 18 recipients: 1) Regional Science High School, 2) Zamboanga City High School (Main), 3) Ayala National High School, 4) Vitali National High School, 5) Talon-Talon National High School, 6) Maria Clara Lobregat L. National High School, 7) Zamboanga State College of Marine Science and Technology (ZSCMST), 8) Western Mindanao State University (WMSU-University Library), 9) WMSU-College of Agriculture, 10) TESDA-IX Regional Training Center, 11) Sibugay National High School; 12) WMSU-External Studies Unit (Siay), 13) La Dicha National High School, 14) Zamboanga del Sur National High School, 15) LGU–Molave eCommunity Center, 16) Zamboanga del Norte National High School, 17) Lantungan National High School, and 18) Dapitan City National High School.
Further, DOST-IX has received numerous requests of STARBOOKS from other interested learning institutions in the region. The Department will deploy the same as soon as the requesting parties are ready with the hardware requirements. STARBOOKS software is free-of-charge.
For inquiries, interested party may call DOST IX office at 991-1024, look for Thelma, Jill or Aris. (DOST-IX PRESS RELEASE)