Tuesday, August 6, 2013

DOST-V and STII launch in Sorsogon the First Philippine Science Digital Library

By: Bennie A. Recebido

SORSOGON CITY, Aug 7 (PIA) – The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in its effort to make Science and Technology (S&T) accessible to every Filipino will be launching tomorrow, Aug. 7, 2013, the Science and Technology Academic and research-Based Openly Operated Kiosks Stations (STARBOOKS) at the Mango Grill, this city.

The STARBOOKS is a stand-alone, research kiosk that provides free access to S&T information for academic and livelihood use.

DOST Regional Director Tomas B. Brinas said that the science digital library which is first in the Philippines, offers access to hundreds of thousands of book titles from the Science and Technology Information Institute (STII) library and contains thousands of digitized and technology resources in various formats, through text and through video/audio, placed in specially designed “pods” set in a user-friendly interface.

“During the launching, the DOST together with the STII will also host an Orientation on STARBOOKS for schools, librarians and those in the related field to help us validate the benefits that the students, researchers, entrepreneurs, employees and other S&T clients can derive from our STARBOOKS,” said Dir. Brinas.

“Validating for themselves the benefits of this Science Digital Library, they can help us promote the availability of the S&T services,” he added.

STARBOOKS is specially designed to create interest in the field of Science and Technology so as to increase the number of Filipinos enrolling in S&T courses; encourage curious minds to develop new ideas through inventions and innovations; and to inspire one’s capacity for entrepreneurship and research.

The STARBOOKS can be availed by the Local Government Units (LGUs), Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), Educational and Private Institutions. (BARecebido, PIA Sorsogon)

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