Mr. Steve Brantley
Associate Professor and Head, Reference and Instruction Services, Bibliographer for Media and Liaison to the Department of Communication Studies
There is always a reference librarian available to help with research at the reference desk in Booth Library. You can call (581-6072), email or chat anytime (booth.eiu.edu/ask), or request a research consultation (booth.eiu.edu/consult).
Frequently Taught CoursesLibrarians provide face to face or online research consultations to any interested member of the university community.
We focus our instructional efforts on undergraduate and graduate students.
We give library instruction at all levels from walk-in building tours and and introduction to library services to EIU foundations classes, up to providing specialized subject-specific guidance to graduate seminars and research methods classes in the disciplines.
Library instruction encompasses a wide range of activities and includes both the training of a particular skillset, as well as the more nuanced teaching of critical thinking about how information is created, evaluated and consumed. Since each student in each class comes with a unique set of abilities, experiences and information needs, effective information literacy instruction necessarily emerges out of the immediate context rather than a static set exercises.
I can work with faculty to develop meaningful assignments, meet in your classroom or in the Booth Library e-classroom.
Customized research guides can be created for broad subject areas or for specialized topics, or, a unique course-guide curated for your course can be developed and embedded directly into your coursepages.
Librarians can also be embedded in D2L Brightspace, EIU's Learning Management System. Contact me about enrolling a subject specialist librarian into your course site.
Education2000, M.A. Indiana University Department of Communication and Culture, Media Studies
2000, M.L.S. Indiana University School of Library and Information Science
1991, B.A. University of Iowa, English and Film Studies
Professional OrganizationsAmerican Library Association
Association of College & Research Libraries
Reference and User Services Association
Illinois Library Association
Illinois Association of College & Research Libraries
ResearchI have focused my library career on reference and research services to the university community. My research interests include the information seeking behavior of university students and faculty, usability of Web-based search interfaces, information classification, and critical information literacy. I am also interested in Scholarly Communication, Open Access to research, Open Educational Resources (OER), Library impact assessment, and data management services.
PublicationsYou can find the full text of my published papers and presentations on my Selected Works page in EIU's Institutional Repository (IR), "The Keep," part of the international Digital Commons Network.
I participate in the IR because I believe in making research as open and free of barriers to interested readers as possible. I want to share my work as widely as I can and make it "discoverable" by major search sites, and I hope that through this exposure I can bring attention to the great educational opportunities available at Eastern Illinois University. Any faculty interested in participating in The Keep or hearing more about what The Keep can do to increase your research profile, contact me Steve Brantley, or Todd Bruns, Institutional Repository Librarian.