Concept of Push Technology applied in an Engineering College Library in Kolkata
This paper discusses an experimental study on the application of Push Technology in the field of information science. The findings and their implications are represented based on data collected between 14th November 2008 and 24th March 2009. For this study, a group of faculty members from various departments of Guru Nanak Institute of Technology (GNIT) were selected and Push Technology was applied for sending relevant information from web resources (like IEL online journal articles) to the concerned faculty members. The system that was set up compiled information from several online resources and sent them directly to the user’s desktop from a central server through Internet. It was maintained by two profiles: I) Patron Profile and II) Information Profile. One database was utilized for information matching purpose by the help of MS Excel, where a list of user’s detail criteria—i.e., their working field of subjects as well as their other interested fields of subject area—was maintained. After sixteen weeks we observed an increasing rate of acceptance of relevant information by all patrons from 15.4% to 76.1%. On the basis of this experimental study we advocate the application of Push Technology in other types of academic and research libraries in West Bengal.
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