Last, Catherine Davidson and Martha Kyrillidou discuss the use of MINES
for Libraries® by the Ontario Council of University Libraries, a 21-member
library consortium. The consortium is using this brief point-of-use survey
protocol to collect data on the value and impact of the rich electronic resources
provided to students and faculty. Deeper understanding of user behavior in the
virtual environment is a key element in articulating the value of networked
electronic services and MINES for Libraries® is a proven useful method.
Furthermore, the influence and importance of this protocol in future years is
likely to increase.
This RLI issue on assessing library performance is timely for readers who
will be participating in two upcoming events: the ARL-CNI Forum on
Achieving Strategic Change in Research Libraries (October 14–15, Washington
DC) and the Library Assessment Conference (October 25–27, Baltimore MD).
Proceedings from both conferences will be made available on the ARL website
after the events, enriching our understanding of these issues in multiple new
ways. We invite the community to actively engage in the debate about the
strategic aspects of library value and capturing the evidence, because few
truths are self-evident.
To cite this article: Martha Kyrillidou. “Library Value May Be Proven, If Not
Self-Evident.” Research Library Issues: A Bimonthly Report from ARL, CNI, and
SPARC, no. 271 (August 2010): 1–3.
Library Value May Be Proven, If Not Self-Evident
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AUGUST 2010 RESEARCH LIBRARY ISSUES: A BIMONTHLY REPORT FROM ARL, CNI, AND SPARC