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DOST eLibrary launching,
turnover to LGUs April 17

The Department of Science and Technology will launch the first online science and technology library at its office in Dumaguete City, and will turn it over to three local government units in Negros Oriental on April 17.

The STARBOOKS, or the Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly-Operated Kiosk Stations, will be awarded to public libraries of Dumaguete City, Mabinay town, and Bayawan City for their eLibrary on science education and technology, a government press release said.

Gilbert Arbon of DOST said STARBOOKS is a stand-alone library portal that is intended to provide the public with free access to digital science and technology information materials for academic and livelihood uses.

It is a new academic resource for students and researchers, and equipped with key access portals in strategic areas in the Philippines, he added.

Users can have access to the latest data and information contained at the DOST SciNeT, Philippine eLib project sources, freely-available online resources, and subscribed databases, the press release also said.

STARBOOKS consist of a pod, computer server, printer, and a UPS, or uninterruptible power supply, but does not require internet connectivity as it has to be maintained by IT specialists, Arbon said.

The project is an initiative of the DOST Science and Technology Information Institute, and is available for transfer to interested LGUs, the press release added.*

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