Research work will be easier and much more exciting for students of Malanday National High School (MNHS) in Marikina City, with the recent installation of Department of Science and Technology’s (DOST) STARBOOKS digital library.
Dubbed as “Library in a Box”, STARBOOKS or Science & Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly Operated Kiosk Station is a one-stop Science and Technology information source that works even without internet connection.
STARBOOKS is developed by experts at the Science and Technology Information Institute (STII) of DOST, it contains thousands of materials in text, video, and audio formats, featuring topics on food and nutrition, health and medicine, emerging technologies, energy, environment, livelihood technologies, investigatory projects and theses in different fields.
Dr. Teresita Fortuna, director of DOST-NCR led the memorandum of understanding signing with MNHS represented by head teacher Mrs. Salvacion M. Fernando together with Marcelino “Marcy” Teodoro, 1st District of Marikina representative, who requested the STARBOOKS for MNHS as his beneficiary.
Dr. Fortuna encouraged the students present during the MOA signing to use STARBOOKS for their research. She reminded everyone that DOST will monitor if the equipment is actually being used by the students.
“We are very fortunate to receive this STARBOOKS. Magagamit po talaga ng mga bata (It will surely be used by the kids),” said Mrs. Lagrimas. B. Garcia, school principal. She added that they hope to put in additional computers so that more students can access the STARBOOKS.
Victor P. Rebosada, teacher-librarian of MNHS said, “(STARBOOKS) will really help a lot in imparting of knowledge to our students. We are hoping that through this, we will be able to really focus on the science subjects.”
DOST-NCR Director Dr. Teresita Fortuna (center), Marikina 1st District Representative Marcy Teodoro (left), and Mrs. Salvacion M. Fernando (right) sign the memorandum of understanding for the installation of STARBOOKS in Malanday National High School in Marikina City last April 7, 2014. (S&T Media Service)
Dr. Teresita Fortuna, DOST-NCR director (right), urges the students of Malanday National High School to use STARBOOKS for their research and school works. With her is Engr. Alvin Germino, DOST-NCR’s cluster manager for Pasig, Mandaluyong, Marikina, and San Juan (PAMAMARISAN), who introduced STARBOOKS to the students. (S&T Media Service)