Kate Silfen

Contact Info

Health Sciences Librarian

Mugar Memorial Library

Kate has worked at the BU Libraries since spring 2015. She supports the research needs of students, faculty, and staff at Sargent College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences. Kate’s professional interests include evidence-based practice, systematic reviews, bibliometrics, and instructional technology. 



Mestre, L. S., Baures, L., Niedbala, M., Bishop, C., Cantrell, S., Perez, A., & Silfen, K. (2011). Learning Objects as Tools for Teaching Information Literacy Online: A Survey of Librarian Usage. College & Research Libraries, 72(3), 236–252. https://doi.org/10.5860/crl-130rl 

Ruediger, D. (2021). Big Data Infrastructure at the Crossroads: Support Needs and Challenges for Universities. Research Report. In ITHAKA S+R. ITHAKA S+R. https://doi.org/10.18665/sr.316121 

Silfen, K., & Zgoda, K. (2008). Evidence-Based Practice and Information Literacy in Social Work: An Assessment of Students’ Reference Lists. Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian, 27(2), 104–115. https://doi.org/10.1080/01639260802202082 


BA English, Goucher College
MAT, Simmons University
MLS, Simmons University

Subject Area Expertise

Health sciences, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech, language, and hearing sciences, nutrition/dietetics, human physiology, rehabilitation sciences, behavior & health