Science and technology information has been made available via a stand-alone onsite research kiosk developed by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST
) of the Philippines.
The Science and Technology Academic and the research-based Openly Operate the Kiosk Station, dubbed ‘Starbooks’. Those are the first of this kind of research tool in the country, that delivers a collection of digitized science and technology resources in multimedia formats on wide variety of topics.
The system is operating without the internet connection.
One agreement was signed by Tarlac Governor (Victor Yap) and Chief of Finance and Administrative Division (Arlene Centeno), from the Science and Technology Information Institute (STII)—the DOST’s information body— to kick off ‘Starbooks’ debut in Tarlac last month.
The first beneficiaries of the project are Tarlac National High School and Carlos P. Romulo Library.
Up to 143 Starbooks kiosks have been installed in various provinces across the archipelago including schools in Davao and the Cordillera region.
The STII has been conducting a seminar and workshop at the end of Febuary to guide the beneficiary institutions on the appropriate use and function of the Starbooks.