LSU Libraries is proud to announce that this year’s LSU Giving Day was a record-breaking success, both in terms of the dollar amount raised and the total number of donors. With the help of 128 generous supporters, LSU Libraries raised a total of $302,215.
LSU Libraries plays a crucial role in supporting researchers via scholarly sources, research assistance, and more.
According to Christine Kooi, LSU’s Lewis, Katheryn and Benjamin Price Professor of History, “Because of generous donations to LSU Libraries, I have been able to publish three books and eighteen articles in my field of Reformation history during my tenure at LSU. Well-resourced libraries are vital to the research mission of scholars of the humanities in general and of history in particular. LSU Libraries, as a collection of scholarship in a wide variety of fields, have been absolutely critical to completing my research. In addition, the Libraries are an essential part of LSU’s teaching mission. LSU would be a poorer place without these important institutions.”
The success of this year’s Giving Day is due in large part to the hard work and preparations of LSU Libraries’ External Group Manager, Amy Bieger. Under her leadership, the Libraries were able to prioritize two funds for Giving Day: the Library Excellence Fund and the Special Collections Acquisitions and Support Fund.
The Library Excellence Fund allows the Libraries to address the university’s academic needs in ways that would not be possible otherwise, such as the purchase of digital textbooks, databases, and technologies for student study spaces. The Special Collections Acquisitions and Support Fund supports the purchase of rare books or manuscripts needed for specialized teaching and research projects in all disciplines.
“Working closely with Christine Wendling, LSU Libraries’ Director of Communications, we successfully energized the community through emails, calls, and social media posts that demonstrated the profound impact LSU Libraries has on faculty and students. And, we’re incredibly grateful for the overwhelming response we received from our donors,” Bieger said.
Giving Day is a powerful opportunity for LSU Libraries to create and share resources, learning opportunities, and programs. Without the partnership of loyal LSU alumni, faculty, and other generous benefactors, the Libraries could not provide the vital instructional and research materials demanded by today’s students and faculty at Louisiana’s flagship institution.
Thank you to our donors for helping us take BOLD STEPS FORWARD!