Remote Bataan colleges get “no-internet needed” digital library

BALANGA CITY, Bataan – With far-flung communities in need of more reliable and fast information, two satellite campuses of Bataan Peninsula State University (BPSU) will get standalone, info-rich kiosks through a partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

DOST recently forged a memorandum of agreement with BPSU to digitize the library of the latter’s two satellite campuses via Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly-Operated Kiosks (STARBOOKS) technology.

Operating sans the ubiquitous aid of internet, the STARBOOKS is a user-friendly, stand alone kiosk which serves as a compendium of science and technology information gathered from all over the world.

DOST-Bataan Director Rosalie Ona said STARBOOKS contains hundreds of thousands of digitized science resources such as journals, serial publications, reference materials, annual reports, theses and dissertations, and technical and project reports.

“It also features videos from the different DOST agencies dubbed as Tamang DOSTkarte Livelihood Videos for aspiring entrepreneurs,” she said. The kiosks will be installed in the traditional libraries of far-flung BPSU-Bagac and Abucay campuses that have limited resources.

BPSU President Gregorio Rodis expressed gratitude to DOST for the project during the signing of the MOA and underlined its big impact on the university’s goal to produce globally competitive students through excellent resource information.

BPSU is the third academic institution in Bataan to receive STARBOOKS. In 2014, DOST granted the said digital library to Dr. Victoria B. Roman Memorial High School in Brgy. Pantingan, Pilar town and to Pagalanggang National High School in Brgy. Pagalanggang, Dinalupihan.

The STARBOOKS is provided to the university through DOST III’s Grant-in-Aid Program which aims to harness the country’s science and technology capabilities to spur sustainable growth and development.

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