MINES for Libraries

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

Beginning in September, McGill Library will administer 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 have used MINES, 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 will be useful for collection development decisions and will provide data to help us better support students and faculty.

The survey is a pop-up window that will appear every 200th time a McGill user clicks on a resource that requires EZproxy; typically these are licensed resources. The survey is composed of 5 short questions and takes less than 1 minute to complete. After the survey is submitted, the user will be directed to the resource selected.

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

This assessment activity is 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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