From Digital Commons to Alma/Primo: enhancing the dissemination of Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) projects




Institutional Repositories, Metadata


The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) project collection is a group of approximately 120 DNP projects archived between 2017 and 2022 in Health Sciences Research Commons (HSRC), the health sciences institutional repository (IR) for the George Washington University. Our project focused on expanding avenues for the dissemination of DNP projects beyond our Digital Commons IR by integrating this content into the library’s instances of Ex Libris Alma and Primo VE. By utilizing the Ex Libris Repository type import profile rather than the OAI-PMH feed, we identified enhanced opportunities for content discovery while likewise retaining better control over individual item records.



Health Sciences Research Commons [Internet]. 2022 [cited 13 June 2022].

Breeding, M. 2021 Library systems report. American Libraries. 2021.

Hoffecker, L. Grey Literature Searching for Systematic Reviews in the Health Sciences. The Serials Librarian. 2020; 79(3-4):252–260. DOI:

Kingsley, D. The “Impact Opportunity” for Academic Libraries through Grey Literature. The Serials Librarian. 2020; 79(3-4): 281–289. DOI:

Pappas, C. & Williams, I. Grey Literature: Its Emerging Importance. Journal of Hospital Librarianship. 2011; 11(3): 228–234. DOI:

Kesten, K. Moran, K., Beebe, S., Conrad, D., Burson, R., Corrigan, C., Manderscheid, A. & Pohl, E. Drivers for seeking the DNP degree and competencies acquired as reported by nurses in practice, Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. 2022; 34(1):70-78. DOI:

Doctor of Nursing Practice Projects Collection. Health Sciences Research Commons [Internet]. 2022 [cited 13 June 2022].

Ex Libris. Managing Import Profiles [Internet]. 2022 [cited 13 June 2022].

Doctor of Nursing Practice Projects Collection. Himmelfarb Special Collections & Resources List [Internet]. 2022 [cited 13 June 2022].






Virtual Project