101 SPEC Kit 359: Library Development LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES LSU Libraries Strategic Plan 2017–2022 | Strategic Goal 6: Philanthropy Strategic Goal 6: Philanthropy The LSU Libraries has a proud history of support from those who have benefited from its services and wished to pass that experience forward to future generations. It is due to decades of such support that LSU Libraries Special Collections now ranks among the world’s most important repositories of natural history, Southern historical, and cultural material. Key to these efforts has been the Friends of the LSU Libraries group, which has contributed more than $2.5 million over the 40 years of their existence. These important accomplishments happened in the absence of staffing or systematic organizational support for fundraising. All that has now changed decisively, resulting in strong prospects for unprecedented donor support.