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About Karen Blakeman and RBA


Research services

Karen Blakeman provides training and consultancy on how to use the web and social media as research tools, how to identify and assess the quality of resources, and speaks at seminars and conferences. She is also available as a freelance researcher and contractor.

The services she offers include:

  • training on advanced search techniques
  • workshops on sources of business information
  • consultancy and training on social networks and collaborative tools
  • tracking down information on companies, industries and markets
  • articles on search strategies

Past and present clients include public and corporate libraries, information providers, investment and financial services companies, organisations in the food and beverage industry, pharmaceutical companies, research and professional associations and UK government departments.

Karen has a degree in biological sciences from the University of Birmingham in the UK, and worked as a microbiologist before joining Wellcome as an information scientist. She then spent ten years in the pharmaceutical and health care industry before moving to the international management consultancy group Strategic Planning Associates. She set up her own company RBA Information Services in 1989.

Karen edits and publishes an electronic newsletter called Tales from the Terminal Room ( and her blog can be found at

She is an Honorary Fellow of CILIP (The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals). In 2002 she received the Information World Review Information Professional of the Year award.


BSc - Bachelor of Science, University of Birmingham, UK. 1976.
DipInfSc - Diploma in Information Science, City University, London. 1982.
FCLIP - Fellow of CILIP: Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals
Hon FCLIP - Honorary Fellow of CILIP: Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals

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