ARL has released a free recording of the MINES for Libraries® Webcast, held on September 18, 2012. The webcast provides potential and current participants with vital information about the MINES for Libraries service, an online, transaction-based survey that collects data on the reasons people use electronic resources and on the demographics of users.
Terry Plum (Simmons College Graduate School of Library & Information Science), one of the original developers of MINES along with Brinley Franklin (University of Connecticut), explains the survey, survey questions, and methods. Three case studies from Catherine Davidson (for the Ontario Council of University Libraries and for York University) and Margaret Martin Gardiner (Western Ontario University) describe the rationale for using the service and how MINES has been implemented in consortial and individual library settings. Gary Roebuck (ARL) provides an overview of the data and reports produced for MINES, and Martha Kyrillidou (ARL) hosts and facilitates the event.
The MINES for Libraries Webcast is part of the 2012 ARL Statistics & Assessment Webcast Series.
Measuring the Impact of Networked Electronic Services (MINES for Libraries®) is an online, transaction-based survey that collects data on library-user demographics, the purpose of use, and the location of the user at point of use offered to the library community through StatsQUAL®—a gateway of library assessment tools developed by the Association of Research Libraries. MINES for Libraries is on the web at http://www.minesforlibraries.org/.
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 125 research libraries in the US and Canada. Its mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, facilitating the emergence of new roles for research libraries, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is on the web at http://www.arl.org/.