STARBOOKS: PH's 1st S&T digital library now in BU

Thursday June 23,2022

Nine computer units installed with STARBOOKS database were formally turned over to the Bicol University libraries on June 17, 2022.

The Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly-Operated Kiosk Stations (STARBOOKS), dubbed as the first Philippine digital library, is a stand-alone information source for persons with little or no access to science and technology information resources. The project's goal is to distribute Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI)-based curriculum in a variety of forms to students and other constituents in geographically distant and economically-challenged schools and communities across the country.

To mark this occasion, a memorandum of understanding was signed between BU and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Region V – allowing the office to promote and implement information, communication, and technology (ICT) – related projects such as establishing STARBOOKS in the region.

Hundreds of thousands of digitized scientific and technology materials in various formats (text, video/audio) are housed in specifically designed "pods" with a user-friendly interface in STARBOOKS. This also featured the STARBOOKS Whiz App, its gamified version, STARBOOKS Quiz App, and STARBOOKS Mobile Version.

Present in the turnover ceremonies were Engr. Domingo A. Peña, Jr., STARBOOKS Regional Coordinator, Anthony B. Andes, Project Technical Assistant III, Engr. Jacinto Alexis B. Elegado, DOST-Provincial Science and Technology Center (PSTC) Provincial Director, Glenda Aurora S. Julianda, BU University Librarian, Dr. Amelia A. Dorosan, VP for Academic Affairs, BU President Arnulfo M. Mascariñas, and some BU personnel and staff from STARBOOKS.

An orientation and users hands-on training was duly conducted to prepare the BU personnel in accessing the digitalized library. (written by Arnold C. Noda)