LDRS Journal Volume 1

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Planning a Library Diversity Residency Program

The essence of most Library Diversity Residency programs is to foster an early career librarians’ professional growth while investing in the libraries’ commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. Recruiting and retaining librarians for future positions in various types of libraries is both critical and challenging in today’s environment. It is imperative that we recognize the demographic and cultural changes in the communities that we serve, and promote diversity by recruiting, mentoring, and providing professional opportunities to diverse early career librarians.

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Practical Strategies for Onboarding New Residents and Helping Them Get the Most Out of Their Residency

Having a clear onboarding program and well-defined milestones throughout the residency is one means to help new residents get acclimated to both the profession as a whole and your library specifically. It is also important to understand that residents may be new to the area as well as the profession, although this is not always the case so it is incumbent upon residency coordinators and supervisors to tailor residency experiences to the background, interests, goals and prior experience of each resident rather than provide a one size fits all residency. This article details suggestions for helping residents get acclimated to librarianship, your library, and their (possibly new) community.

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Guest Editorial: From School Librarian to Diversity Resident

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.

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Introduction to Library Diversity and Residency Studies

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.

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LDRS Journal: Call for Editors

The new journal entitled Library Diversity and Residency Studies (LDRS) is actively seeking applications for its inaugural editorial team. Founded as part of the 2018 Library Diversity Institutes project funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, LDRS provides a public forum for the following: Peer-reviewed articles examining specific questions concerning library diversity programs,…

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UNC Greensboro’s University Libraries Host Inaugural Library Diversity Institute

Press Release UNC Greensboro’s University Libraries in collaboration with the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Diversity Alliance was awarded a $2111 78 3 Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant in April of 2018 to pilot a national Library Diversity Institute program that addresses the needs of professionally underrepresented racial and ethnic…

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