As libraries implement access to electronic resources through portals, collaborations, and consortial arrangements, the Measuring the Impact of Networked Electronic Services (MINES) for Libraries protocol offers a convenient way to collect information from users in an environment where they no longer need to physically enter the library in order to access resources.
MINES for Libraries adapts a long-established methodology to account for the use of information resources in the digital environment. The survey is based on methods developed to determine the indirect costs of conducting grant-funded R&D activities.
The survey is administered for one year, in a short, random period each month at the time of user access. MINES for Libraries as been implemented in several libraries in Canada and the United States of America.