Asian College Campus Admin Consolacion Gilda F. Elli (leftmost, seated) with DOST NegOr PSTC representative Mr. Sean Adrian Guardiano (4th from left) with teachers and students after the STARBOOKS turnover.

A unit of the Department of Science and Technology’s (DOST) “library in a box” was formally turned over to Asian College in Dumaguete City on October 17, 2018.

STARBOOKS is short for Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly Operated KioskS, the first Philippine S&T digital library, is a standalone information source designed to bring S&T information to the grassroots. It aims to provide S&T-based educational and learning resources in various formats to geographically-isolated schools and local government units throughout the country as well as enhance the educational competence of students in its beneficiary schools.

The deployment was the latest addition to twenty-three units presently installed all over Negros Oriental. The initial deployment was made in April 2013 wherein three units of STARBOOKS were installed to Dumaguete City Public Library, Bayawan City LGU and Mabinay LGU.

“We are very thankful that DOST granted our request to have STARBOOKS installed here in our school. It’s a great tool for our students in their studies and researches, especially finding validated resource materials in the Philippine context. We will take good care of this technology”, said Campus Administrator Consolacion Gilda F. Elli of Asian College.

The turnover ceremony was attended by around 30 participants from campus admin, teachers and senior high school students overall.

STARBOOKS is deployed in over 2,662 sites nationwide. Interested institutions may avail of the said project through DOST-STII (www.stii.dost.gov.ph) or visit the nearest DOST regional/provincial office in the area. (by: PSTC Negros Oriental)