Virtual resident showcase: leveraging an institutional repository during COVID-19 social distancing


  • Heather J. Martin Director, System Library Services, Providence St. Joseph Health, Portland, OR
  • Amanda Schwartz Digital Asset Librarian, System Library Services, Providence St. Joseph Health, Missoula, MT



Institutional Repositories, Graduate Medical Education, COVID-19, Scholarly Communication, Hospital Libraries, JMLA Virtual Projects


While institutional repositories are common in medical schools and academic health centers, they have been used by only a small number of health systems to track and promote their research and scholarly activity. This article describes how Providence System Library Services leveraged their existing institutional repository platform to substitute a virtual showcase for an annual in-person event.

Virtual Projects are published on an annual basis in the Journal of the Medical Library Association (JMLA) following an annual call for virtual projects in MLAConnect and announcements to encourage submissions from all types of libraries. An advisory committee of recognized technology experts selects project entries based on their currency, innovation, and contribution to health sciences librarianship.


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