Jill Boruff

Jill Boruff

jill.boruff [at] mcgill.ca 514-398-6272

Macdonald-Stewart Library Building
809 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, Quebec H3A 0C1


  • Communication Sciences & Disorders
  • Medical Physics
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Psychiatry

Associate Librarian

Liaison Librarian to the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, and the Department of Psychiatry.

  • Supporting the teaching, learning, and research needs of faculty and students in the Rehabilitation Sciences and Psychiatry via instruction, consultations, reference service, and development of collections and website content
  • Providing expertise in searching and workflow management in knowledge syntheses


  • Master of Library and Information Studies, McGill University, 2007
  • Bachelor of Arts, English Literature and French Literature, University of Notre Dame, 2002

Areas of Interest

  • Information Literacy
  • Expert searching
  • Role of librarians in knowledge syntheses

Professional Activities

Selected Publications

Boruff, JT., & Harrison, P. (2018). Assessment of knowledge and skills in information literacy instruction for rehabilitation sciences students: A scoping review. Journal of the Medical Library Association. 106(1), 15-37. http://dx.doi.org/0.5195/jmla.2018.227

Delisle, V. C., Gumuchian, S. T., Kloda, L. A., Boruff, J., El-Baalbaki, G., Korner, A., Malcarne, V. L., Thombs, B. D. (2016). Effect of support group peer facilitator training programmes on peer facilitator and support group member outcomes: a systematic review. BMJ Open, 6(11), e013325. http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2016-013325

Morris, M., Boruff, J.T., Gore, G.C. (2016). Scoping reviews: establishing the role of the librarian. Journal of the Medical Library Association , 104(4), 346–354. http://dx.doi.org/10.3163/1536-5050.104.4.020

Blanchette, M.A., Stochkendahl, M.J., Borges Da Silva, R., Boruff, J., Harrison, P., Bussières, A. (2016). Effectiveness and Economic Evaluation of Chiropractic Care for the Treatment of Low Back Pain: A Systematic Review of Pragmatic Studies. PLOS One, Aug 3; 11(8):e0160037.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0160037

Bussières, A.E., Al Zoubi, D. F., Stuber, K., French, S.D., Boruff, J., Corrigan, J., Thomas, A. (2016). Evidence-based practice, research utilization, and knowledge translation in chiropractic: A scoping review. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 16 (216). http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6882/16/216

Nedelec, B., Carter, A., Forbes, L., Hsu, S. C. C., McMahon, M., Parry, I., Ryan, C.M., Serghiou, M.A., Schneider, J.C., Sharp, P.A., de Oliveira, A., Boruff, J. (2015). Practice guidelines for the application of nonsilicone or silicone gels and gel sheets after burn injury. Journal of Burn Care and Research, 36 (3). http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/BCR.0000000000000124

Thomas, A., Menon, A., Boruff, J., Rodriguez, A. M., & Ahmed, S. (2014). Applications of social constructivist learning theories in knowledge translation for healthcare professionals: A scoping review. Implementation Science, 9 (1). http://www.implementationscience.com/content/9/1/54

Boruff, JT. and Storie, D. (2014). Mobile devices in medicine: a survey of how medical students, residents, and faculty use smartphones and other mobile devices to find information, Journal of the Medical Library Association, 102 (1). http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3878932/

Boruff, JT. and Bilodeau, E. (2012). Creating a mobile subject guide to improve access to point-of-care resources for medical students: a case study, Journal of the Medical Library Association, 100 (1), 55-60. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3257489/

Boruff, JT. and Thomas, A. (2011). Integrating evidence-based practice and information literacy skills in teaching physical and occupational therapy students, Health Information and Libraries Journal, 28 (4), 264-272. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1471-1842.2011.00953.x

Selected Presentations

Boruff, J., and Harrison, P. (2016). Assessment of knowledge and skills in nursing and allied health student information literacy instruction: results from a scoping review. Paper presented at the joint meeting of the Medical Library Association and the Canadian Health Libraries Association and International Clinical Librarian Conference, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. May 13-18, 2016. PDF icon CHLA/MLA 2016 Scoping review results

Chojecki, D. and Boruff, J. (2013). Navigating the rough waters of knowledge translation (KT) research: developing effective search strategies for systematic reviews with a KT focus. Poster presented at the Cochrane Collaboration International Colloquium, Quebec City, QC, September 21, 2013.PDF icon Knowledge Translation Searching Poster

Boruff, J., Storie, D., Chojecki, D., Robertson, H., and Ufholz, L. (2012). Knowledge on the go: a survey of mobile device usage in medicine. Paper presented at the Canadian Health Libraries Association conference, Hamilton, ON, June 14, 2012.

Boruff, J. (2011). New learning spaces: collaborating with faculty to align course outcomes with information literacy objectives. Paper presented at the Workshop for Instruction in Library Use, Regina, SK, June 3, 2011.

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