One can now search for researchers, laboratories, and research outputs of KAIST, GIST, DGIST, UNIST libraries from one place with the official launch of the STAR Library* (http://starlibrary.org).
* STAR Library (Science & Technology Advanced Research Library) is an integrated library portal site, jointly operated by S. Korea’s four institutes of science and technology (KAIST, GIST, DGIST, UNIST) with the support of the Ministry of Science and ICT since December 2015. The aim is to support the activities of researchers in the science and technology field with the utilization of outstanding research resources from science and technology institutions.
Through this integrated library portal system, the four S&T specialized institutions have released information about 200,000 research outputs, including 100,000 research papers, 15,000 patents, and 60,000 academic activities, to the general public from the second half of 2019 via the website of STAR Library. Besides, from the fall of this year, it enabled the integrated search and utilization of 752 laboratory information, along with the information for 1,170 researchers (full-time faculty members) of KAIST, GIST, DGIST, and UNIST.
This integrated research information is expected to be of great help to students wishing to apply to graduate schools, domestic and foreign researchers wishing to engage in collaborative research, as well as companies and communities that require expert opinion in the science and technology field. In addition to this, the STAR Library provides access to the latest research trends, such as domestic and international research projects, as well as an integrated search for databases of the four S&T specialized institutions.
There has been a considerable effort devoted to this. Starting with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) among the libraries of the four S&T specialized institutions, efforts were being made to standardize and expand KAIST’s Researcher Information Management System (RIMS) since 2017, thereby constructing standard RIMS in GIST, DGIST, and UNIST. In early 2020, the presidents of the four S&T specialized institutions signed an MoU to cooperate on the joint use of academic and research resources, thereby laying the foundation to offer a wide range of services.