As part of Department of Science and Technology (DOST) VI’s Grants-in-Aid (GIA) Project entitled “Enhancement of Coffee Production of Nagpana Minorities Association”, DOST in partnership with the Taytay sa Kauswagan, Inc. (TSKI) conducted a training on Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly Operated Kiosk Stations (STARBOOKS) for Nagpana Primary School teachers in Sitio Nagpana, Brgy. Lipata, Barotac Viejo, Iloilo last July 4, 2018.
Availing STARBOOKS by the school paves way for an easier access to educational and scientific references that are essential for the cultivation of students’ knowledge and interests on certain topics and principles. The training was performed in order to orient the school staff and teachers on the creation and purpose of this project, its features, contents, access (admin-based and user-based) and local networking through a Wi-Fi router.
This project intends to make S&T information accessible and available to students specifically in the Yolanda-stricken areas. Moreover, recent updates include full educational and livelihood videos, DOST publications and library materials.
The latest version of STARBOOKS include changes and updates on report generation and submission, uploading of patches, updates on its site, sharing its server to the network.
DOST-STII is quickly moving forward by transforming its library into the first Philippine Science Digital Library. STARBOOKS is STII’s answer to the clamor of researchers to easier access to information, especially science and technology information. As part of its implementation, DOST-STII tapped non-government organizations to support its implementation.
Although the concept of digital libraries is not new, not all countries have completely transformed their libraries from traditional libraries, filled with endless rows of shelves of books and other materials, to digital libraries with endless rows of tables of computer units.
The resource speakers for the training were Ms. Mary Beth D. Grecia, SRS II of Iloilo PSTC – DOST VI who introduced STARBOOKS and its updates and Mr. Garry T. Balinon, SRS II of MIS-DOST VI who discussed networking and troubleshooting. (DOST6/JRAGabiota)