Publications in agriculture, aquatic, and natural resources (AANR) sector can now be accessed and downloaded online for free, through the efforts of two agencies of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).
The eLibrary can be accessed via https://elibrary.pcaarrd.dost.gov.ph/.
The online library was established through a project of two DOST agencies: the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST-PCAARRD) and the Science and Technology Information Institute (DOST-STII), “Accelerating DOST-PCAARRD Knowledge Network of E-libraries.”
Thousands of AANR-related publications that are funded by the Council and are packaged in different forms such as journals, books, articles, and theses, among others, can be found in the portal.
Together with the PCAARRD’s partners in the regions, the regional R&D consortia, the project will establish the network of eLibraries using the DOST-STII-developed Science Library Information Management System (SLIMS). Through SLIMS, the project will support the consortia in facilitating efficient organization, digitization, processing, and resource sharing of S&T resources in their base agency libraries among stakeholders.
Likewise, it aims to promote the knowledge hub to expand the user base of the eLibrary and create awareness of the publications it hosts.
This integrated effort among the Council, STII, and the consortia further intends to improve SLIMS’ features, expand eLibrary content, appreciate library skills and services, and develop a unified knowledge management system for advanced user experience, among others.
The result of this one-year intervention is anticipated to set the standard across library management systems across DOST and other government agencies.
These enhancements of the eLibrary form part of the PCAARRD’s Knowledge Management for AANR (KM4AANR) as well as the GALING-PCAARRD Program that center on an efficient and effective AANR S&T knowledge-sharing between the council and its knowledge network under the new normal.