Final Report on LibORS Innovation Fund Grant

To:          Executive Committee

From:    Lisa Hinchliffe

Date:     February 8, 2017


Re:         Final Report on LibORS Innovation Fund Grant

Through funding from an Innovation Fund Grant, significant progress was made towards establishing the Library Occasional Reports Series (LibORS).[1]

Specifically, all of the preparations to begin publication and marketing are complete, except for the provisioning of DOIs. In collaboration with the project’s advisory committee, LibORS project staff completed the following work ito operationalize the LibORS objectives:

  • Conducted background information gathering and advice through review of library and campus, consults with publishing and marketing experts in the University Library and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, and analysis of resources available from the Library Publishing Coalition.
  • Developed required workflows, acquisition criteria, and editorial guidelines.
  • Established a report template, which includes with official branding from the University of Illinois, a copyright statement, and a sample citation for citing a report.
  • Created communication mechanisms and procedures – blog  ( and Twitter (@UIUCLibORS).
  • Established the The Library Occasional Reports Series community in IDEALS ( as a sub-community of the University Library community (
  • Selected altmetric as the platform for tracking impact and analytics.
  • Worked with Tom Habing (Library IT) and Aaron McCollough (Scholarly Communication and Publishing) to contract with CrossRef for DOI creation and registration.
  • Worked with Helenmary Sheridan (Scholarly Communication and Publishing) to identify required data elements and possible workflows for DOI creation.

Though the Innovation Fund Grant monies are expended, not all of the planned work is finished. As such, though this final report for the grant summaries the activities to date, the LibORS project has not come to an end but will continue through the efforts of Lisa Hinchliffe, project PI, and formal publication is expected to begin in summer 2017.