MANILA, June 27 – The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) said Monday it has launched the S&T Academic and Research-Based Openly Operated Kiosk Stations (STARBOOKS), a one stop shop for science-related and livelihood information, to provide Filipinos with relevant and latest information on the subject.
DOST said STARBOOKS is a stand alone, onsite research kiosk that provides free access on S&T information for academic and livelihood use.
“STARBOOKS offers access to hundreds of thousands of book titles from the Science and Technology Information Institute (DOST-STII) library alone,” said STII director Raymund Liboro.
DOST-STII houses about 500,000 titles of journals or serial publications, reference materials, annual reports, theses and dissertations, technical and project reports, and directories, among others.
STARBOOKS will also provide S&T contents from the DOST SciNet and the Philippine eLib, which is managed by the National Library.
However, STARBOOKS differs from other library portals as it does not require internet connectivity to deliver information to its users.
The kiosk has a built-in server that provides instant access to S&T information. These information can be printed or saved using standard Universal Serial Bus or USB.
Meanwhile, STARBOOKS also contains various videos on DOST-developed technologies for entrepreneurs looking for potential science-based livelihood.
On its initial run, 171 technology videos have been uploaded in the kiosk through the different DOST agencies. The videos range from food processing to laundry soap making and other livelihood materials.
Under the STARBOOKS project, DOST-STII will provide STARBOOKS kiosks to 10 provincial libraries, plus three units of computers with touch screen monitors. STII will continuously build the STARBOOKS content to ensure that the information offered are rich and timely.
“We hope that every barangay in the country will adopt a STARBOOKS kiosk to make S&T information accessible to every Filipino. We expect that this project will spur a wave of S&T enthusiasts and entrepreneurs,” said Liboro.
“I congratulate DOST-STII for coming up with this project that benefits not just our students, but also our entrepreneuring kababayans in the countryside who are always in search for livelihood opportunities but do not have the means,” DOST Secretary Mario Montejo said.
“These opportunities come in a very universal medium which everybody can understand, such as technology videos,” he said. (PNA) RMA/JCA