C. Sean Burns


On April 29, I will give a talk on The Tacit Knowledge Dilemma in Open Science to SIG-KM at ASIST. The talk is based on a forthcoming paper (March 2021) in the journal Information and Culture titled What Documents Cannot Do: Revisiting Michael Polanyi and the Tacit Knowledge Dilemma. My deep thanks to SIG-KM for the invitation to give this talk.

I officially start my sabbatical this semester. I'm working on several research projects and also revising two courses.

I gave a talk for one of our monthly College research presentations on Functional Search Problems among MEDLINE Databases. Slides are on GitHub.

I gave a presentation on increasing participation in online discussion forums to members of my college. The notes and slides are on GitHub.


Recent Publications

Current Manuscripts

Recent Conference Papers

Work in Progress


Spring 2021

On sabbatical.

Fall 2020

I'm teaching an extra course this semester to help with pandemic related issues. Normally it's a 2/2 course load.

ICT 418: Linux Systems Administration: Undergraduate course covering systems administration using the Fedora GNU/Linux operating system. Topics include Bash scripting, managing users, installing, securing, and managing services such as MySQL, and more.

LIS 690: Electronic Resource Management: Graduate course on managing electronic resources for libraries. Topics covered include the technologies and systems involved, legal issues such as managing copyright, and more.

ICT 201: Personal Knowledge Management: Undergraduate course on managing personal information and knowledge work flows. I would share my lectures and resources for this course, but I'm working on a major revision and will wait until that revision is complete.

Spring 2020

ICT 420: Semantic Web Development: Undergraduate course focused on HTML5, CSS3, JSON-LD, and Git as well as usability and accessibility. Main software tool: text editor, SFTP, GitHub.

LIS/ICT 658: Knowledge Management: Graduate course on organizational knowledge management with some emphasis on disaster and risk management and communication. Although this is an online course, students are central in selecting specific readings.

Current Git Repos

Research Repos

Teaching Repos

Systems Administration

I maintain two Linux servers for colleagues and students at my School to support class activities. I use one dedicated server to host WordPress and Omeka installations that support the library science and the information and communication technologies (ICT) programs. I use a separate virtual machine on a hosting service to provide shell and MySQL accounts to support several courses in our undergraduate ICT program.

The Text, Please. Just the Text.

  1. On Alphabetizing
  2. The Restorative Work of Reading Just Books
  3. Cook's Log, Fermentation Date 11
  4. Font Lode
  5. Be Virtuous
  6. Cook's Log, Fermentation Date 9
  7. Puzzled
  8. Salt the Hash
  9. Not Really a Kobayashi Maru
  10. I Miss John and Neighbors
  11. On Top
  12. Fermented Cabbage
  13. My Sysadmin Work
  14. Back To i3
  15. On File Systems
  16. Loud, Clamorous, Blaring
  17. In My Next Life
  18. You Have Mail, too
  19. You Have Mail
  20. A Good Long Walk
  21. Always the Tinkerer
  22. Fedora Switch Complete
  23. My Desktop after Eight Years
  24. I Will Pass on Time Travel
  25. Citizen Science
  26. On Aging
  27. The Trick to Social Media
  28. On Conservatives
  29. Lullabies and Mixtapes
  30. More Hard
  31. Somewhat Automated
  32. The Dark, Hard Days
  33. On Buddies
  34. Three Quarters of a Year
  35. On Fezzik
  36. On Ebooks
  37. A Good Read
  38. Let's Dance
  39. On Sudoku
  40. On Carrots
  41. Primate Lessons
  42. On Solace
  43. Surreality Polarity Reversal
  44. Dear Mom
  45. Not That 1984
  46. On the Historical Person
  47. A Pictorial List
  48. On Covid19 and Keystone Species
  49. s/awk/R/
  50. s/sed/awk/
  51. On Marriage
  52. On Teaching Linux
  53. Dark Nights
  54. On Revising
  55. On Distractions
  56. A Distro Hop
  57. On Conspiracy Theories
  58. Earth's Holocaust
  59. Come Sail Away
  60. On the Bookshelf
  61. The Chronicles
  62. Past Colleagues
  63. On Consistency
  64. Restaurant Dreams
  65. 35 Days
  66. An Action Under Which Description
  67. The Slow Down
  68. I'd Rather
  69. It's the Little Things
  70. On Research Speed
  71. On Stress Relief
  72. On Sheltering
  73. On Social Distancing
  74. Losing a Walker Friend
  75. When a Baby Cries as a Toddler
  76. Converting Markdown to HTML with Table of Contents Using Pandoc
  77. Switching Window Managers
  78. Remembering Some Text
  79. Some Observations on Usability Pertaining to a Child
  80. Bad Superblock
  81. A Quick Bash One-Liner and Children
  82. Tidyverse Skeptic Too
  83. Make Email Fun
  84. Some Routines I Find Calming
  85. The Product
  86. The Walkers
  87. On Solitude
  88. On Writing and its Tools
  89. Using Ed, The Standard Text Editor
  90. Keeping it Minimal