I came to UIC in 2000 as a resident librarian and joined the faculty as an assisant professor in 2003. I received a BA in English from the University of Iowa in 1991. I received my Masters in Library and Information Science and a Master of Arts in Communication and Culture from Indiana University in 2000.
As a Reference Librarian I provide professional research support and reference service to students, staff and faculty in a variety of venues including face-to-face classroom, in the online environment, and in individual appointments. I create textual and multimedia research and subject guides to library resources. I also teach information literacy to undergraduate and graduate students.
I welcome you to contact me with any questions regarding library collections or services or to schedule a research consultation.
My research is related to the information seeking behavior of library users in an online environment and how library classification and description affects that behavior. I have published articles on usability, library collections, and libraries and social networking sites. I have two current projects, one is a usability study of library discovery layers and another is a study of library user determinations of the credibility of a free online encyclopedia.
Brantley, John Stephen, Annie Armstrong and Krystal Lewis. "Usability Study of a Customizable Library Web Portal", College & Research Libraries, March 2006, v. 67, iss. 2 p. 146-163. http://crl.acrl.org/content/67/2/146.short .
Brantley, John S. "Approval plans, discipline change, and the importance of human mediated book selection" Library Collections, Acquisitions, and Technical Services, Mar 2010, Vol. 34 Issue 1, p11-24.
Brantley, John S. “Exploring Library 2.0 on the social Web” Journal of Web Librarianship, 2010 Vol. 4, iss. 4. p. 351-374.
“College Information Literacy Summit 2013” East Leyden High School Franklin Park, IL Panel Discussion, May 2, 2013
“Summon in the I-Share Environment” With Gwen Gregory, Jay Lambrecht and Ling Wang. April 24, 2013.
CARLI Discovery layer Webinar series: http://www.carli.illinois.edu/products-services/i-share/opac/secure/discovery-layer-webinars-2013
"Selecting free streaming video resources to supplement your collection" Presented at the CARLI Streaming Video symposium, July 22, 2010, Parkland College, Champaign, Illinois. Diigo.com list of free streaming video resources.
"The ERIAL project at UIC: Understanding how students search for information" Presented at the CARLI symposium: Connecting Libraries and Users: Anthropologists Helping Librarians Meet 21st Century Challenges, with Beth Pickard. May 14, 2010. DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois.
CARLI Symposium Archive: http://www.carli.illinois.edu/mem-serv/mem-train/100514pswg/Understanding_fromUIC.pdf
ERIAL project Web site: http://www.erialproject.org/
"Operation Resurrection: Breathing new life into graduate student researchers and instruction librarians by developing a new suite of services." Poster presented at the American Library Association annual meeting with Annie Armstrong, Laverne Gray, and Beth Pickard. Anaheim CA, June 29, 2008.
“Reference sources and user behavior” Guest Speaker, Dominican University Graduate School of Library & Information Science, November 7, 2007, River Forest, Illinois.
"Usability testing of a library web portal: Do users need customization?" Library Research Round Table Four Star Research Forum. With Annie Armstrong and Krystal Lewis. Presented at the joint CLA/ALA conference Toronto, Ontario, Canada, June 21, 2003, Refereed.
Making collaborative connections: Portal design and community-building in Chicago-area libraries" LITA National Conference. With Scott Collard. October 2003, Houston, Texas, Refereed.
Assistant Reference Librarian & Assistant Professor