Diversity Committee Minutes Feburary 11, 2014
Library Diversity Committee
February 11, 2014
230B Main Library
Present: Cindy Ingold, Laila Moustafa, Heather Murphy, Qiang Jin, Ben Riegler, Emilie Vrbancic
Guest: Jen-Chien Yu
Absent: Cindy Kelly, Erik Chapman
Chair: Cindy Ingold
Minutes: Emilie Vrbancic
2. Approval of Minutes from January 14, 2014
Approved with corrections from Cindy Ingold by all present members
3. New Business:
Library Climate Assessment (Guest, Jen-Chien Yu, Assessment Coordinator)
What will ClimateQual entail?
- The Staff Development & Training Committee and the Library Staff Steering Committee are interested in doing a ClimateQual assessment.
- The University Climate Survey did not filter to other departments so there is a need for library climate assessment.
- Jen recommends using ClimateQual because it is dependable and well-designed tool.
- Possible collaborators would include: Staff Development & Training Committee, Library Staff Steering Committee, Library HR
- Support from ARL
- 150 questions/ 30- 60 minutes to complete
- Measures organizational climate and organizational attitudes
- Allows you to benchmark against other libraries
- Reputation as being a solid tool and well tested instrument for climate assessment
- Participants must complete the survey in one sitting because there is no way to save and come back to the survey after it has been started.
What is the response rate?
- On average there is a 60% to 70% response rate
- Must allow people the time to complete the assessment in addition to their regular work duties.
- Important to give defined goals to provide incentive for people to complete survey.
Qiang asked what the best time frame to do the survey is.
- It should be open at least 3 weeks.
- Jen thinks this coming Fall semester will be a good time to do the survey.
Should we survey Graduate Students who work in the Library?
- It would be up to the Library to include the GAs but it should be taken into consideration how long they have been employed and how often they are working.
Laila asked if the survey could be mandatory.
- This is the Dean’s call to determine if this is mandatory.
Many members had questions about anonymity and ClimateQual.
- With ClimateQual there is no identifying information included with data.
Cindy Ingold will meet with the chairs of the various committees and Jen to formulate recommendations for Dean Wilkin.
4. Ongoing Projects: Updates
Working with users with disabilities (Cindy)
- Meeting with GA at UGL Lily Sachow
Workshop/training for Library staff on Inclusive Illinois—When?
- Inclusive Illinois was receptive to the idea
- Look at possible dates- 1st and 2nd weeks of March
- Locations: Main Library and Grainger Library
- Provide cookies
Updating Diversity Goals –Wait on these
Diversity Committee page –Emilie
- Include Dean Wilkin’s statement for the web page
Follow Up from Reference Roadmap retreat- Barb and Cindy
- The most important thing learned from the retreat is that people want training on different areas of reference
- Format of breakout groups and small group discussion was very useful.
- This could provide a good format for diversity training. It will facilitate an exchange of ideas.
Heather brought up the Customer Service guidelines
- The service guidelines mention diversity training for staff
- Diversity Committee could give input on guidelines for the User Services Committee
Next Meeting: March 11, 2014
230B Main Library