The installation of STARBOOKS in schools paved the way for Sixteen Thousand (16,000) students in Region VII to enjoy digital access in science and technology information without the need for internet connections. The STARBOOKS’s installation is part of DOST VII’s 2016 project accomplishment.
STARBOOKS, which stands for “Science & Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly-Operated Kiosk System”, is a standalone digital information kiosk which serves as a “one-stop repositories for science and technology and livelihood information” that could be digitally accessed by users without the need for online use.
A nationwide project of the DOST, STARBOOKS is one of DOST’s strategies in making S&T information accessible and available to our citizens especially those in the countryside. This self-contained computer system serves as a one stop shop digital compendium of S&T information gathered from all over the world.
Based on the records of the Department of Science and Technology VII (DOST VII), a total of 16,350 STARBOOKS visitors, viewing different pages covering broad range of topics, were registered in 2016. DOST VII installed a total of 138 STARBOOKS in different schools in the provinces of Cebu, Bohol, Negros Oriental and Siquijor in Region 7. Of these provinces, Cebu topped the list with 12,427 page visitors, followed by Bohol with 2,077, Siquijor with 1,362, and Negros Oriental with 484.
The STARBOOKS contains digitized science and technology resources in text, video, audio and other formats, it holds over 500,000 titles of digitized journals, serial publications, reference materials, annual reports, theses and dissertations, technical and project reports, and directories of DOST-STII’s library materials. It also contains over 170 videos from the different DOST agencies.
Page viewing trend indicate that, in 2016, the topic on “Biotechnology research in the Philippines” in text format topped the list of most visited STARBOOKS page. In video-formatted information, on the other hand, pages about animals received the highest number of page views. Surprisingly, the most viewed page in the New and Articles is about STARBOOKS.
STARBOOKS visitors, include not only students but professionals as well, who expressed enthusiasm about the use of the stand-alone computer system.
“Thank you very much! This project is indeed relevant and informative” shared Evelyn Zanoria, of St. Theresa’s College, Cebu City.
“As a librarian, I am delighted that STARBOOKS is from time to time updating its information and upgrading its system to become more user friendly. I found out that videos are not anymore teasers as it fully play the entire video (information). Thank you…It makes learning more fun and interesting to discover more of what STARBOOKS can provide.” – A librarian of Canduman Elementary School, Mandaue City
“It’s really awesome! It’s quite helpful in our studies…one of the fastest and efficient ways to search and explore”, Evelen of Carcar City College.
“I love STARBOOKS…” – Marck Cena of Maricaban Integrated School, Santa Fe, Cebu
Other users, on the hand, expressed their desire to further improve the facility and offered suggestions.
“I was really overwhelmed by the amount of resources available in STARBOOKS. It is really good to have this in our school. If it is possible, include Encarta in the next update. There are numerous interactive games that may encourage pupils of younger age to visit the kiosk and learn from them. It also has a dictionary that is useful in understanding difficult words found in the resources within STARBOOKS or in any other reading materials. I guess Encarta become a freeware nowadays. So, I hope it will be granted.” – Jimmy Geminez Pedroza of Canduman Elementary School, Mandaue City
“It is very useful for me when I have a topic to research. I always find a lot of topic that I search. I hope that STARBOOKS will be updated more on the topics about aquaculture and more topics or documents will be added. Thanks a lot STARBOOKS.” – Eugen Catubig, Carcar City College, Cebu
“May I humbly request if possible that this program have a calculator ready to input data which will easily compute or convert mathematical expressions.” – John Mark Jumawid, San Agustin National High School, Sagbayan, Bohol
“STARBOOKS is very useful to us…my suggestion is, please add some data regarding how to catch fish” – Limuel Jude Babao, Cacar City College, Cebu
written by: Licinio Gingoyon