WPU receives free virtual fishery library devices from SEAFDEC
Sunday, 15 July 2018 21:05

altWPU is one of the fourteen state universities and colleges (SUCs) in the country that have received free virtual fishery library devices donated by the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center-Aquaculture Department (SEAFDEC-AQD) in celebration of its 45th founding anniversary, according to a Philippine News Agency online article. The “IAMSLIC (International Association of Aquatic and Marine Science Libraries and Information Center) Digital Fisheries Libraries” contain over 26,000 aquatic and marine science publications, including SEAFDEC publications that can be accessed by users through their laptops or smart phones with Wi-Fi connections.

“The target of the gadget is those off the grid; most of the fishery schools are located (in places) with intermittent internet connection and power. Sometimes they don’t even have internet connection,” said Stephen Alayon, acting head of the library and data banking service section of SEAFDEC based in Barangay Buyuan, Tigbauan, Iloilo in an interview Friday.

He added that to access the library, one just have to switch on the device and students can download the materials into their mobile phones and laptops.

The virtual libraries were distributed to their recipients in a ceremony held at the center on Thursday. The recipient schools included the Aklan State University, New Washington in Aklan; Capiz State University, Dayao in Capiz; Northern Iloilo Polytechnic State College, Concepcion in Iloilo; University of Antique-Tario Lim Memorial Campus, Tibiao in Antique; University of the Philippines, Miagao, Iloilo; Bicol University, Tabaco; Mindanao State University, Naawan; Western Philippine University, Puerto Princesa; Bohol Island State University, Candijay; Samar State University, Mercedes; University of Southern Mindanao, Kabacan; Iloilo State College of Fisheries Maon Campus; Central Luzon State University; and Mariano Marcos State University.

The gadget has a capacity of around 128 gigabytes and to date, it contains around 64 gigabytes.

Alayon said that the Philippines is the first country in the whole of Asia to use the gadget. The second one is Vietnam, which has only one unit while the Philippines has 19 virtual fishery library gadgets.

SEAFDEC, as a regional treaty organization, was mandated to promote sustainable fisheries development in Southeast Asia through research, training and information dissemination activities.

Its member-countries are Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

Source: Perla Lena, http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1041391

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