DOST’s STARBOOKS recognized at PH Quill Awards


by Charissa Luci-Atienza

The Department of Science and Technology’s (DOST) STARBOOKS, the country’s first science and technology (S&T) digital library in a box, has been recognized at the 18th Philippine Quill Awards.

The DOST-Science and Technology Information Institute (DOST-STII) announced that the 10-year old Science and Technology Academic- and Research-Based Openly-Operated KioskS or STARBOOKS bagged the Excellence in Government Communication Programs award at the Quill Awards.

“This is the first time DOST-STII competed in the Quill, and this recognition represents further validation of the good work we have done in STARBOOKS even under extraordinary circumstances like the ongoing pandemic,” DOST-STII Director Richard P. Burgos said in a statement.

He thanked the Philippine Quill Awards for recognizing “the impact of STARBOOKS in bringing knowledge on science, mathematics, and technical fields directly to the people, especially to students in economically-challenged schools and communities.”

STARBOOKS contains thousands of digitized science and technology resources in various formats (text and video/audio) placed in specially designed “pods” set in a user-friendly interface.

The DOST-STII noted that this year’s Quill Award received over 800 entries from both public and private sector organizations.

“All entries were carefully reviewed by seasoned communication professionals of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Philippines, the organizing body of the Philippine Quill Awards, using the strictest global standards to measure and determine the very best in the practice of business communication,” it said.

The country’s first virtual Quill awards was held on March 25.