Origins of MINES for Libraries®?

MINES for Libraries® was developed by Brinley Franklin, Vice Provost for University Libraries, University of Connecticut and Terry Plum, Assistant Dean for Technology and Director, Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Mount Holyoke Program, as an online transaction-based survey to supplement a library cost analysis study that was originally developed in the 1980’s. In May 2003, MINES was adopted as part of the Association of Research Libraries New Measures Program and is now one of ARL’s library assessment tools offered through StatsQUAL®.

MINES has been administered at more than 50 North American libraries since 2003, and more than 100,000 networked services users have been surveyed.