Climate Surveys and Reports

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As required by the University of Maryland Libraries climate survey used as the model for ours, our survey instrument has been made available in our institutional repository under the following Creative Commons license:

Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International Public License
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In the fall of 2021, the DePaul University Library and Art Museum’s IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility) Committee decided to conduct a survey of the library’s climate to establish a baseline for its work. The survey was sent to all full and part-time library staff and ran for six weeks. One of the goals of the IDEA committee is to bring awareness of implicit biases, micro-aggressions, exclusionary practices, and structural racism and discrimination within Library and Art Museum operations, environment, and culture; to review, audit and propose internal polices and processes for the Library and Art Museum to implement IDEA and related principles. The aim of the 2022 climate survey was to establish a baseline for this work. The survey results will be used to inform what organizational changes, training, and programs will be most beneficial to the library staff.

After looking at various tools used by other businesses and universities, the IDEA subcommittee performing the survey and writing the report decided to work with the tool developed by the University of Maryland Libraries ( to survey its staff. The survey was adapted to account for the different nature of the University of Maryland libraries – private vs. public, baccalaureate/masters vs. major research institution, etc. As a condition of using this survey, DePaul University Library and Art Museum must post its version of the survey and this report to the university’s institutional repository.


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