AIDA C. OSORIO, MSLS
College Librarian III/ Director for Libraries
The history of the university dates back to 1982 when Bukidnon State College opened their extension in Tandag known as Bukidnon External Studies Center. The book collections of the library were taken from the main campus. Ten years later, on October 10, 1992 then President Corazon C. Aquino signed into law R.A. No. 7377 converting Bukidnon State College to Surigao del Sur Polytechnic College. Then, Surigao del Sur Congressman Mario Serra Ty and Ernesto Estrella jointly authored said Act.
The creation of this learning institution integrates the first four (4) campuses namely; Cagwait School of Arts and Trade in the Municipality of Cagwait. Tago River Valley Institute of Agriculture in the Municipality of Tago, Surigao del Sur Institute of Fisheries in the Municipality of Lianga and Barobo National High School in the Municipality of Tagbina.
Eight years after, Surigao del Sur Institute of Technology (SSIT) Cantilan, Surigao del Sur was the 5th Satellite being integrated per BOT Resolution No. 34 Series of 2000.The six campuses of the college have their own library manual of operation; thus, management of each library is autonomous.
In 2007 a Unified Library Manual adapted for the six campuses as their guide in managing their libraries. Each Campus has its own library management operation system based on this manual. The libraries of the six campuses started with few collections. As years went by, the collection gradually increased. Donations of books were received and the pioneering alumni also shared their books.
When Surigao Del Sur Polytechnic State College achieved its status as a university through House Bill 4411 sponsored by the Representative of the 1st District of Surigao del Sur, Honorable Congressman Philip A. Pichay and signed into law as Republic Act 9998 on February 22, 2010, the Library fund as one of the financial resources was increased and utilized for the procurement of library materials, both print and non-print. In addition, the administration has also a budget for the library. Likewise, physical facilities of the six campus libraries were upgraded.
However, with the advent of the technology the library services are now run by computers offered by Follett software called Destiny Library Manager (DLM) installed for the six campuses. This integrated library system helps facilitates the easy and systematic access of services particularly in the technical and circulation sections.
Moreover, the Library Management System maintains its reference service through the access of information from varied digital sources (text and video/audio) introduced by the Department of Science & Technology - Science and Technology Information Institute (DOST-STII). The database called Science and Technology Academic & Research – Based Openly Operated Kiosk Station (STARBOOKS). It is the first science digital library which contains hundreds of thousands of digitized science and technology resources in various formats and set in a user-friendly interface.
Furthermore, the library explored and sustained strong linkages to add to the limited funds, thus, foundations, private colleges, and universities, local government units, and other government agencies have greatly contributed to the growth of the collection in the library.