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Mr. Steve Brantley

Professor and Head, Research, Engagement and Scholarship

Office: 3501 - Booth Library
Phone: 217-581-6072
Email: jsbrantley@eiu.edu
Website: http://works.bepress.com/steve_brantley/

Steve Brantley's Vita

I am the Bibliographer for Media, Communication Studies and Political Science. I serve as the subject liaison to the Departments of Communication Studies and the Department of Political Science. 

I'm a Librarian interested in helping students and faculty find information they need to succeed in their scholarly pursuits. The information landscape is complex and I want to help you navigate it.

There is always a 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

Schedule a consultation with Steve

Frequently Taught Courses

Librarians 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.


2000, 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 Organizations

American Library Association
Association of College & Research Libraries
Reference and User Services Association

Illinois Library Association
Illinois Association of College & Research Libraries


I 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.


You 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

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