D E A N â€™ S M E S S AG E
WE HAVE A VISION FOR TOMORROW, ONE THAT SHOWS WHAT FIERCE CAN DO.
t is impossible to imagine a great university without a great library there to support it. I am proud to present the new development case statement for LSU Libraries. It speaks to a decidedly different kind of library, more dynamic and impactful than ever before. We have grouped this vision into five strategic goals: research, collections, faculty, facilities, and programming. Taken together these goals are ambitious but eminently attainable. It is impossible to overstate the sense of urgency we bring to these tasks. Every aspect of LSUâ€™s larger strategy requires the kind of library that LSU Libraries aspires to be. We embrace these challenges wholeheartedly, as there has never been a better time to do the work of a 21st century research library. A great library is always the result of a culture of shared stewardship. This is nowhere more true than at LSU, where generations of smart, hard-working people have come together to make the Libraries the engine of learning and research that its student and faculty expect and deserve.
Stanley Wilder Dean, LSU Libraries
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ince the inception of higher education, university libraries have served as the hearts of campus learning, inquiry, and idea exchange. Along with serving teachers and students every day, one of LSU Libraries’ most fundamental jobs is to create an environment where great research happens. There are many ways to support the Libraries’ research initiatives, whether it is by sponsoring a traveling scholar who needs to visit Special Collections or funding an LSU student through our summer fellows initiative. With your help, we can give more scholars opportunities to use our world-class collections and work with our curators, archivists, and subject-expert librarians across the disciplines. Special Collections Travel Grant Program LSU Libraries Special Collections is home to world-renowned collections of rare books, historical manuscripts, antique maps, and other culturally significant materials. Strengthening the research grant program will enable LSU Libraries to support the work of researchers who utilize these rich holdings. Graduate level, post-doctoral, faculty, and independent researchers who live outside the Baton Rouge area are eligible for funding, which can be applied to a researcher’s lodging costs and travel to LSU Libraries.
Digital Scholarship Research Award Program As LSU Libraries evolves to better facilitate modern scholarship, it will increasingly serve students and faculty in the digital space. One way for LSU Libraries to do just this is by encouraging scholarship using the Louisiana Digital Library (LDL), an online library that LSU Libraries and other state repositories have created together by combining their rich digital collections. Materials in the LDL document the vibrant, complex history and culture of Louisiana and are accessible to scholars from anywhere in the world. The Digital Scholarship Research Award Program will enable LSU Libraries to grant research funding to deserving student-scholars who aspire to use the online collection in their work. The program will support new research, create increased collection use and access, and generate new knowledge upon which scholars can build. Special Collections Summer Fellows Initiative Special Collections aims to launch the Summer Fellows Initiative, which would support LSU scholars at the undergraduate and graduate levels who wish to use the collection for their academic research. A $7,500 award would enable a scholar to prioritize their research within Special Collections throughout the summer months. Many graduate assistantships are only nine months, so paid summer research placements are in high demand. A gift in this area would either support multiple scholars or could be used to sustain this program in perpetuity.
S U P P O R T F O R FAC I L I T I E S
t LSU Libraries, we know that spaces have the power to inspire and shape learning. For students, LSU Libraries is a “home away from home.” We work hard every day to give them a clean, safe, and functional space where they can excel in their studies. LSU Libraries has two library buildings, the main library, Middleton Library, and Hill Memorial Library, which houses Special Collections and University Archives. Middleton Library has the highest traffic of any academic building on campus, with more than 1 million visits a year. We want to give LSU students and faculty a main library with modern, comfortable furniture and ample space for both quiet and collaborative study. You can help today by sponsoring technology and furniture upgrades in Middleton Library. Hill Memorial Library Student Reading Room To foster greater access to this iconic university building, LSU Libraries aims to dedicate the south end of Hill Memorial Library’s second floor as the Student Reading Room. This grand, beautiful space will be available to students for quiet study. The renovation will return part of Hill Memorial Library to its orginal design and function while offering students an opportunity to enjoy a space rich in university history.
The coffee shop in Middleton Library offers a comfortable space to refuel while studying or taking a break.
Hill Memorial Library Exhibit Hall Restoration Special collections libraries, much like museums and cultural repositories, employ gallery spaces and exhibit halls for teaching and outreach. Housed in Hill Memorial Library, LSU Libraries Special Collections presents two exhibits a year that showcase its impressive array of materials spanning all disciplines, and highlighting natural history, Louisiana history, and the humanities. Hill Memorial Library’s exhibition space is serviceable, but its walls and floors need restoration and its display cases need replacement. An investment in this space will directly support the public programming arm of LSU Libraries. Middleton Library Revitalization Despite hosting 1.1 million visits a year and serving as the most popular study space on campus, LSU’s main library facilities are in dire need of revitalization. A renovated first floor of Middleton Library will help LSU recruit and retain the very best students and will better reflect LSU’s commitment to students’ academic success. The Middleton Library Revitalization Initiative will fund modern furnishings, technology upgrades, and collaborative learning spaces.
ill Memorial Library is full of spaces that, with proper investment, can be renovated to better suit the needs of on-campus learning. With your support, we can invite more students to make use of the reading rooms and classroom spaces in our historic Hill Memorial Library.
S U P P O R T F O R FAC U LT Y D E V E LO P M E N T
reat research libraries aren’t possible without excellent librarians. At LSU Libraries, students know they can get expert advice, both in person and virtually, on research methods and relevant scholarship. Our faculty are highly trained frontline educators. Your gift to LSU Libraries’ faculty initiatives can ensure that LSU Libraries has the best and brightest faculty in the South. Library Graduate Assistantship Program LSU Libraries employs more students than any academic department on campus, providing students opportunities to work on campus as they complete their studies in a variety of disciplines. The Libraries’ Graduate Assistantship Program offers students the opportunity to learn the skills needed for future careers in library and archive management. LSU Libraries graduate assistant placements include but are not limited to Research and Instruction Services, Special Collections, Digital Programs and Services, and the T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History. Library Faculty Endowment Program A gift to the Library Faculty Endowment Program will enable LSU Libraries to recruit, support, and retain the very best librarians in the fields of special collections, rare books, digital scholarship, STEM, and diversity, and provide them with professional development opportunities that will enhance their effectiveness as educators.
LSU Librarians teach, conduct research, develop best practices for the profession, and support research in every discipline.
ACCESS TO EXCELLENCE
Simms (left) and Johnson (right) have presented their research at national conferences and in journal publications. They are working on a book.
ince 2016, Hayley Johnson, head of government documents and microforms, and Sarah Simms, undergraduate and student success librarian, have been researching the incidence of internment of resident Japanese aliens that occurred at Camp Livingston in Louisiana during World War II. Their work has opened up a discourse on a topic that is relatively unknown in Louisiana and across the country.Their research has been funded twice by the American Library Associationâ€™s Carnegie Whitney Grant and the NewsBank/Readex/GODORT/ALA Catharine J. Reynolds Award. Additional funding was awarded via the Louisiana Board of Regentsâ€™ ATLAS grant to support the completion of their forthcoming manuscript with LSU Press. Most recently, the pair secured a National Endowment for the Humanities Digital Projects for the Public grant that will support the planning of an online repository of materials related to Camp Livingston and the internment that occurred there. This grand was received in conjunction with other cultural memory institutions from around the country.
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t the heart of an academic library’s mission is its collection building. Historically, research library collections were composed primarily of print materials like books, periodicals, and manuscripts. However, much of modern scholarship takes place in the digital landscape. To better serve the needs of students and faculty, libraries provide access to digital journals and what higher education calls the “scholarly record.” Access to the universe of published, peerreviewed research underwrites and fuels every facet of academic inquiry and knowledge-building that takes place at a research university like LSU. Whether it’s maintaining the general collection and our world-class rare book catalogue or helping students navigate our vast digital resources, LSU Libraries plays an important role in driving academic excellence in Louisiana. Your support toward our collection building initiatives directly benefits researchers who work every day to solve our world’s most pressing problems. Collections Support One of the most fundamental ways to support LSU Libraries is by investing in our collection efforts. Collection acquisition and maintenance is costly, and it is also critical to student and teacher success. Donor support of collections can advance many initiatives, including the Libraries’ E-Textbook Program, which provides students with free access to e-textbooks. Collection acquisition areas available for endowment include but are not limited to the following areas: Music, Dramatic Arts, Visual Arts, African American Studies, E-textbooks, Francophone and French Studies, and Southern Women’s History.
University Archives Support LSU Libraries Special Collections is the home to University Archives, which includes papers, photograph collections, and other materials that tell the story of the state of Louisiana and its flagship college. One highlight of the archive includes materials showcasing Huey P. Long’s advocacy on behalf of students and the campus. The archive also contains beloved LSU athletics materials, including the iconic history of LSU football. Other points of pride include The Daily Reveille newspaper and the Gumbo yearbooks. Public exhibitions showcasing the holdings of LSU Libraries Special Collections is one of the main ways the Libraries keeps its collections relevant and accessible to learners and researchers on campus and beyond. A gift toward the University Archives collection, programming, and exhibitions directly supports learning and the rich LSU tradition of historical preservation. Mobile Digitization Lab The Louisiana Digital Library, an online repository that LSU Libraries manages with libraries and cultural heritage centers across the state, is accessible from anywhere in the world. Many smaller museums and libraries in Louisiana have culturally significant materials they wish to add to the Louisiana Digital Library but often lack the resources to accomplish this task. Through the Mobile Digitization Lab initiative, which LSU Libraries piloted in 2019, LSU Libraries staff travel to and aid these partner institutions in digitizing and making available their materials. This initiative will be especially impactful in Louisiana communities that face the threat of coastal land loss. An investment in this program would directly impact historical and cultural preservation in Louisiana.
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n addition to world-class collections and research support, LSU Libraries also provides the university community with a rich array of academic and extracurricular programming throughout the year. Whether it’s through our information literacy workshops or extended support during finals week, LSU librarians stop at nothing to ensure that the needs of the whole student are met and that both the LSU community and Louisiana residents are served through our engagement opportunities and programs. Afternoon in the Archives The rich holdings of LSU Libraries Special Collections have regional and national significance. The Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collection is made up of personal papers, photographs, books and other emphemera that tell the stories of Antebellum and Civil War history, the Louisiana Purchase, WWI and WWII history, the Civil Rights movement, African American history in the South, Women’s history, Louisiana politics, and so much more. Librarians and curators of Special Collections host students and the public in our iconic reading rooms, ensuring opportunites to learn from these important primary source materials. With dedicated funding, LSU Libraries can support and sustain Afternoon in the Archives as a regularly scheduled program with scholarly panels and increased access to these illuminating materials.
Libraries Programming LSU Libraries’ programming has a crucial part to play in the intellectual life of the university. We’ve invested in this area by hiring a programming librarian who, in partnership with the Libraries’ Programming Committee, designs and executes meaningful studentfocused activities such as the annual LSU Libraries open house, workshops, a public film series, finals week programming, and pet therapy. Additional programming areas include but are not limited to ad hoc lectures and panels, educational displays and Special Collections exhibitions, special events, and more. With additional funding, LSU Libraries could expand its already-vital programming calendar and better serve not only students but LSU faculty and staff in the only interdisciplinary academic support building on campus. Music in Middleton In 2018, LSU Libraries launched Music in Middleton. As a part of this series, the Libraries hosts monthly concerts in which music students showcase their talents at LSU’s main library. Music students perform classical and contemporary music, including premieres of original student compositions. Funding would allow the Libraries to increase participation and expand programming around this beloved series.
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OVER 1 MILLION VISITS A YEAR.
Provide LSU students with a versatile, multidisciplinary learning environment that encourages collaboration, multicultural competency, and creative problem-solving.
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Reaffirm LSU’s commitment to excellence in learning and research that lie at the heart of its academic mission.