Johanna R Bradley

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Professor, SIRLS (Retired)

Johanna  Bradley, called Jana by everyone except the Bureau of Motor Vehicles and the airlines, is a retired professor at the School of Information Resources and Library Science (SIRLS) at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Her forty-year plus career has encompassed books from many perspectives: student of literature, author, editor, writing instructor, librarian, professor, historian of the book, and scholar of contemporary publishing. She worked in numerous types of libraries before going back to school for her doctorate. She has held faculty and director positions at several library schools. In 2004, she became the director of SIRLS, and in 2009, after her five year stint as director, returned to the faculty to teach and do research. Currently, her teaching interests are the past, present, and future of the book, and the foundations of the information professions. She directs a research team on non-traditional publishing. Her recent research centers on print and electronic publishing and on changes in the book publishing industry.

Jana is currently not supervising students.

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PhD, University of Illinois, Library and Information Science

MLS, University of California Los Angeles, Library Service

MA, University of Pennsylvania, English Literature

BA, Bryn Mawr College, English Literature


Research Interests: 

Past, present and future of the book



Changing publishing industry

Foundations of the information professions

Selected Publications: 

Bradley et al.," Self-Publishing: An Empirical Snapshot," The Library Quarterly. publication scheduled for April, 2012.

Bradley et al., "Non-traditional Book Publishing," First Monday, August 1, 2011.

Bradley, et al, "" Shifting Boundaries of Authorship, I-School Conference, 2009 Chapel Hill, Proceedings, CD Rom (peer-reviewed)

Bradley, j., Heather Vokac. "Reframing Book Publishing in an Age of Networking," I-Schools Conference, 2008, Los Angeles, Proceedings, CD Rom (peer-reviewed).

Bradley, J. "Librarians in the 21st Century," International Journal of the Book,Fall,  2006

Bradley, J."Distance Learning, Technology and Teamwork," in Using Teams in the Classroom: A Faculty Guide, by Ruth Stein and Sandra Hurd, Anker Publishing Company, Boston, Massachusetts, 2000, pp 98-101.

Bradley, J., Geoff McKim, “Rethinking Document Structure in a Global Hypertext Environment” Proceedings,Socioeconomic Dimensions of Electronic Publishing, Santa Barbara, CA, April 23-25, 1998. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the IEEE Foundation. pp 51-58.

“Using Networking Technologies for Collaborative Learning” in Collaborative Learning and Teaching in the Arts, Sciences and Professional Schools. Ed. Sharon J Hamilton. 2nd edition. Center for Teaching and Learning, IUPUI, 1997. P 292-310.

Improving Written Communication in Libraries, Jana Bradley and Larry Bradley. American Library Association, 1988.

Hospital Library Management, editor. Medical Library Association, 1983.

Courses Taught: 

Foundations of Library and Information Science

Management of Libraries and Information-Based Organizations

History of Books and Records

Contemporary Publishing 


Jana Bradley and her research team work on both long-term and short term research studies in the area of non-traditional publishing. Further information on on-going projects can be found at