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From September 8, 2015 to September 5, 2016, McGill University Libraries participated in the assessment initiative MINES for Libraries. McGill Library wanted to evaluate how well we are meeting faculty and student needs with electronic resources.

Beginning in September 2015, McGill Library administered this brief anonymous web-based survey to collect reliable data on the use of electronic resources. The MINES methodology was developed by the Association of Research Libraries and has been used by over 50 libraries in North America, including the Ontario Council of University Libraries.

MINES (Measuring the Impact of Networked Electronic Resources) for Libraries is an intercept survey that gathers demographic information about users of electronic resources, as well as information about the purpose of their research. This information has been useful for collection development decisions and provided data to help us better support students and faculty.

The survey was a pop-up window that appeared every 200th time a McGill user clicked on a resource that required EZproxy; typically these are licensed resources. The survey was composed of 5 short questions and took less than 1 minute to complete. After the survey was submitted, the user was directed to the resource selected.

We appreciated your participation in this survey, which helped us assess how electronic resources are being used at McGill University.

This assessment activity was exempt from the need for Research Ethics Board review under article 2.5 of the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans 2 (2014).

If you have questions or feedback, please contact dawn.mckinnon [at] mcgill.ca (subject: MINES%20for%20Libraries) (Dawn McKinnon), Electronic Resources & Serials Librarian at 514-398-5499.

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