STARBOOKS deployed in Maluso


One unit of “digital library” known as STARBOOKS or Science and Technology Academic Research based Openly Operated Kiosks Station was deployed to Local Government Unit of Barangay Fuente in Maluso, Basilan. The Memorandum of Understanding for the project was signed last May 10, 2018 at Barangay Fuente Hall of Maluso together with the Regional Secretary of DOST-ARMM, Myra B. Mangkabung.

Deployment of STARBOOKS throughout ARMM continues to provide people in remote areas who lack access to internet connections. This is to generate educational information too.

Specifically, STARBOOKS features books, magazines, journals, scientific and research papers, “TamangDOSTkarte” livelihood videos, and Britannica Ultimate Encyclopedia, covering topics on food and nutrition, health and medicine, energy, environment, livelihood technologies, among others.

STARBOOKS is one of DOST’s strategies in making science and technology information accessible and available to citizens, especially those in the countryside. The package (computer set, software, and kiosk) is free for selected beneficiary institutions, LGUs, schools, NGO’s.

Digital library “library-in-a-box” does not need internet connec¬tion in order to access the vast array of science and technology information, hundreds of thousands of titles of digitized journals, serial publications, reference materials, annual reports, theses, dissertations, science projects, livelihood vid¬eos.. .and much more. All these can be availed of through STARBOOKS, a user-friendly, stand-alone digital library of science and technology materials in text, video, and audio formats.

STARBOOKS was awarded the American Library Association (ALA) Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Projects last June 29, 2015, at the San Francisco Library in San Francisco, California, U.S.A. According to ALA, STARBOOKS was acknowledged for “making science and technology materials available to the general public in remote areas that have few information resources, no libraries, and little or no Internet connectivity.