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Karen Poole

Karen Poole MSc MCLIP FHEA

Clinical Support Librarian


Karen is a Clinical Support Librarian supporting King’s College Hospital NHS staff at Denmark Hill. She undertakes evidence searches on behalf of NHS staff, teaches information literacy, health literacy, and critical appraisal, and co-authors and supports best practice in systematic review searching. She has an interest in developing e-learning, playful learning and inclusive pedagogy.

She joined King’s in 2010 and has had various roles since then, most recently working as at Teaching & Learning Librarian supporting the Faculty of Life Science & Medicine. Previously she has worked as an Information Specialist at Moorfields Eye Hospital and in the Royal Pharmaceutical Society library service.

Karen has an MSc in Information Science and is a Chartered Member of CILIP (revalidated 2022) and a Fellow of Advance HE.

Areas of Expertise

Ask her about information literacy, critical appraisal, flipped classroom, health literacy, scoping or systematic review searching best practice.

Contact Karen if you would like to arrange a library presentation for your team, ranging from:

  • an introduction to the library and library resources and how to quickly access evidence-based resources
  • health database searching
  • critical appraisal skills
  • advanced searching skills for systematic reviews and scoping reviews
  • health literacy and knowledge mobilisation


Karen regularly runs workshops on finding and critically appraising evidence for NHS staff. Book onto these or book a 1:1 with her via our NHS Library Guide.

Karen teaches on the following courses:

  • NHS001: Rapid access to evidence-based resources
  • NHS002: Healthcare databases for Advanced Searchers
  • NHS003: Introduction to Critical Appraisal of Quantitative Research
  • NHS004: Introduction to Critical Appraisal of Qualitative Research



Poole, K. (2021). A flipped classroom approach to teaching search techniques for systematic reviews to encourage active learning. Journal of Information Literacy, 15(1), 68.

Irwin, C., Bliss, J., & Poole, K. (2018). Does Preceptorship improve confidence and competence in Newly Qualified Nurses: A systematic literature review. Nurse Education Today, 60, 35–46.

Poole, K., & Butler, S. (2006). Pharmacy information on the internet. Pharmaceutical Journal, 277(7429), 673–676. Scopus.