The Department of Science and Technology here in Negros Oriental recently installed SuperSTARBOOKS- the latest version of STARBOOKS, to six computers from different institutions.
Negros Oriental State University (NORSU) Bais Campus I, NORSU Bais Campus II, NORSU Bayawan-Sta. Catalina Campus, NORSU Guihulngan Campus, Negros College, Inc. in Ayungon and Zamboanguita Science High School were the new beneficiaries of DOST’s technology. Prior to the turnover, DOST NegOr conducted orientation seminar and training on the operation of the SuperSTARBOOKS which was attended by focal persons of beneficiary institutions.
The Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly Operated Kiosks, or simply STARBOOKS, is the country’s first digital library. Dubbed as a library in a box, it contains thousands of digitized science and technology resources in various formats. It is designed as standalone and can be accessed offline which is ideal for schools and institutions in far flung areas which do not have access to Internet. It also has livelihood videos to encourage entrepreneurial activities in the countryside.
DOST Negros Oriental Provincial S&T Director Atty. Gilbert R. Arbon thanked the institutions for adopting STARBOOKS as their supplementary source of reliable S&T materials and references. In return, the beneficiaries vowed to maximize its use.
According to NegOr PSTC data, there are existing 9 STARBOOKS units in the province. With the inclusion of 6 units after the turnover, the total STARBOOKS in the province now reaches 15. To note, STARBOOKS is already installed in Bayawan National High School, NORSU Mabinay Campus, NORSU Siaton Campus, Dumaguete City Public Library, Holy Cross High School, Catherina Cittadini (SLS), NORSU Main Campus I, Silliman University, and St. Paul University Dumaguete.
STARBOOKS is an educational innovation that is in keeping with STII’s aim of providing the public with relevant and timely S&T information. Its installation is free. The minimum requirement of the hardware components has to be met so the STARBOOKS software can be installed and can function efficiently. Any interested institution or agency can visit DOST Negros Oriental PSTC or contact (035) 421-2100; 225-4551 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more details on how to avail STARBOOKS.
written by: Engr. Reinhold Jek Y. Abing, DOST NegOr