Montessori De Sagrada Familia (MDSF) is the very first among private schools in Bulacan to forge a partnership with the Department of Science and Technology Information and Institute (DOST-STII) for the availability of digital library in the country. The partnership was formalized when DOST-III Regional Directors, Dr. Julius Caesar V. Sicat and Mr. Richard P. Burgos; and MDSF School Directress, Mrs. Maria Cristina S. Silamor signed a memorandum of understanding, June 23.
The collaborative project aims to provide a digital library platform set-up DOST-STII developed by the Science and Technology Academic- Research Based Openly Operated Kiosk Station (STARBOOKS), the first digital science library in the Philippines that contains thousands of digitalized science and technology resources in various formats.
Mr. Homer Bautista, DOST Region 3 explained and discussed the contents and features of STARBOOKS. “It can be accessed by the students and teachers while offline, it can be used by multiple users and it is user-friendly.” Bautista said.
The school administrators together with the school librarians and science teachers were given orientation training at the MDSF High School Library as part of the launching of this project.
Moreover, teachers had the chance to create their own accounts and explore the contents of the database. Ms. Girlie M. Perdon, Science and Senior High School Teacher said that STARBOOKS would be a great help to the teachers and students especially in research work and classes.
Meanwhile, the partnership between the school and DOST-STII will further beef up the availability of the digital library and resources to the students, educators, researchers and other stakeholders in the field of science and technology.
This made possible through the initiative of the school librarians Mr. Mamerto Tubis Jr. and Mr. Ardee Taruc to strengthen the information literacy among the students and teachers in the 21st century and to realize the MDSF vision to be a learning hub for creativity and innovation.
By: Mrs. Cylve T. Baggay