• Offline digital library, first in PH, helps rebuild Region 8

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    As Eastern Visayas continues to recover from the destructive impact of super typhoon Yolanda in 2013 and storm Ruby in 2014, the Department of Science and Technology – Science and Technology Information Institution (DOST-STII) is helping students with their search for knowledge by donating five units of digital libraries.

    These libraries, which can operated without internet connection, aim to greatly assist students in their acamedic pursuits.

    Dubbed as Starbooks, or Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly Operated Kiosk Station, it serves as a one-stop-shop for science and technology information and provides digitized versions of books, journals, theses, dissertation, encyclopedia, and even livelihood and income-opportunity videos.

    The units were handed over at the Southern Leyte State University (SLSU) in Sogod, Southern Leyte and will be deployed in Bontoc, San Juan, Hinunangan, and Tomas Oppus towns, all in Southern Leyte.

    Last year, Encyclopedia Britannica was integrated in the Starbooks content to broaden its user base, including elementary and high school students.

    “We are helping our fellows in Eastern Visayas to get back on their feet by providing technologies that are locally developed to support the continuous delivery of education especially during this stage of recovery,” says DOST Secretary Mario Montejo.

    Lorelie Duarte, SLSU vice president, said the Starbooks will help students in accessing quality full text references and other research materials that are relevant to their courses. SLSU offers four engineering courses and Graduate studies in Mathematics.

    This is the second round of Starbooks installations after more than 40 units were installed in 2012. Consequently, the units were destroyed by typhoon Yolanda the following year. Yolanda left Eastern Visayas with P48.79-billion worth of damage to infrastructure, including schools and libraries.

    “We understand that many reference materials are destroyed during the two typhoons in the last two years and we cannot do anything about that anymore. What we can do is to find solutions and keep our youth continuously pursuing their studies,” said DOST Assistant Secretary Raymund Liboro.

    Southern Leyte is one of the most typhoon-visited provinces in the country. A number of typhoons pass through the province causing millions worth of damages and stalling classes during the monsoon season.

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