A virtual research showcase and judging platform created from a patchwork of workplace applications

J Med Libr Assoc. 2022 Oct 1;110(4):494-500. doi: 10.5195/jmla.2022.1345.


Background: Despite the challenges the COVID-19 pandemic placed on libraries' existing workflows and operations, many librarians developed and debuted new services that addressed novel needs that emerged during the pandemic. This report describes how two electronic resource librarians at regional hospitals within a healthcare corporation used exhibition platforms to showcase resident research in an online format as a complement to in-person resident research programming.

Case presentation: Over the course of the pandemic, two exhibition platform variants were implemented, one year apart. This case report describes how each platform was developed. The first online event was conducted using a virtual exhibit platform to minimize in-person contact. The second online event, held the following year, blended a traditional live event with virtual elements using the online exhibit platform. To ensure completion of tasks, project management techniques were adopted throughout the event planning process.

Conclusions: The pandemic created opportunities for hospitals to explore transforming meetings from primarily live and onsite into hybrid and fully virtual events. While many corporate hospitals have transitioned back to primarily in-person programming, newly adopted online practices such as online judging platforms and automation of continuing medical education tasks will likely remain. As in-person restrictions within healthcare settings are lifted or eased at uneven rates, organizations may continue to explore the value of in-person meetings versus the video conference experience of the same meeting.

Keywords: COVID-19; Online systems; continuing; education; medical; user-computer interface.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • COVID-19*
  • Delivery of Health Care
  • Humans
  • Pandemics
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • Workplace