DOST–Caraga is top 5 contributor in deploying digital libraries

The Department of Science and Technology-Caraga, along with four other DOST regional offices, was recognized by the DOST-Science and Technology Information Institute (DOST-STII) for the most number of deployed digital library systems in 2018 thru Project Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly-Operated Kiosks (STARBOOKS). 

In 2018, DOST-Caraga installed 120 STARBOOKS in different public and private institutions in the region, especially schools in rural areas having no internet connectivity and incomplete libraries. The project was able to significantly increase its deployment and promotion efforts last year with the help of various stakeholders. DOST-Regional Offices I, II, III and XI also received the award from DOST-STII for their performance in STARBOOKS deployment in 2018 during the Consultative Workshop on Latest Content and Developments in STARBOOKS last May 10, 2019 at Cebu City.

Installation of STARBOOKS in Basag National High School, Butuan City in 2018
Installation of STARBOOKS in Basag National High School, Butuan City in 2018

STARBOOKS, also known as “library in a box,” is a digital repository developed by DOST-STII containing thousands of digitized Science and Technology (S&T) resources in various formats like texts, images, videos/audios, and interactive presentations. It also features livelihood videos and disaster preparedness materials. As a digital repository or kiosk system, STARBOOKS helps provide S&T information in a more friendly and convenient space. The system is free, does not require internet connectivity, and features materials with updated and accurate information such as journals, serial publications, theses and dissertations, and more.

DOST-Caraga made STARBOOKS available to some schools even without the kiosks. The system is installed to the available computer of the school or office to operate as a server for the digital library. DOST–Caraga also provided hard disks to help widely distribute the system.

DOST-Caraga ICT Unit, headed by Technical Support Services Division Chief Engr. Noel M. Ajoc (second from left), receives the plaque of recognition from DOST-STII Director Richard P. Burgos and company
DOST-Caraga ICT Unit, headed by Technical Support Services Division Chief Engr. Noel M. Ajoc (second from left), receives the plaque of recognition from DOST-STII Director Richard P. Burgos and company

In 2017, STARBOOKS was introduced to the students and teachers of Baculin Integrated School in Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur, who used to pay 500 pesos for a one-way motorcycle ride to do research in the municipal library or access internet. STARBOOKS is helping students access S&T information and aiding teachers in their instruction.

DOST-Caraga was also one of the recipients of the Gold and Silver Anvil Awards in partnership with DOST-STII for STARBOOKS Project in 2017. The Anvil Award, by the Public Relations Society of the Philippines, is an annual award given to selected public relations with an exemplary performance in the field.

Learn here on how your school can avail of STARBOOKS: dost-caraga-starbooks

You can also visit STARBOOKS online at http://www.starbooks.ph/.

Written by Jonason R. Macalalag, DOST-Caraga ICT Unit Project Staff