As one of the inaugural Diversity Residents at the University of Texas (UT) at Austin, I am excited to have the opportunity to open the Library Diversity and Residency Studies (LDRS) Journal and highlight my experience as a Diversity Resident. My experience as a resident has been instrumental in helping to shape both my professional and personal goals, so when the opportunity to write an editorial piece for the LDRS journal presented itself, I knew that I had to be a part of this work.
This journal, Library Diversity and Residency Studies (or LDRS for short), is a new publication dedicated to the exploration of these two broad topical areas, library external and internal DEI programs. The journal was founded as part of the Library Diversity Institutes Pilot Project, a project funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In this article I will provide a brief overview of the motivations and aims of the project, the structure of the titular Institutes, our findings from the project, and finally a summary of our project recommendations on futures steps concerning library diversity residencies.