C. Sean Burns, PhD


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My name is Sean Burns, and I am an assistant professor of information science at the University of Kentucky.

I received my BA in Philosophy & Religious Studies / English from Monmouth College, and my MA and PhD in Information Science and Learning Technologies from the University of Missouri.

See my wiki for more about my research and teaching.

Research Updates

Some colleagues and I are working on an information retrieval project related to bibliographic and abstracting/indexing databases. The problem investigates discrepancies among systems based on the same data file. Currently, we have one manuscript in press at JMLA and one presentation scheduled for MLA '19. We recently presented a poster at the iConference 2019.

A colleague and I are wrapping up data collection on a line of research that investigates how document presentation and metadata explains variance in perceptions of truth. This is a quasi-experimental study.

Teaching Updates

I teach in two academic programs: information communication technology (ICT) and library science (LS).

I teach undergraduate courses covering semantic web development (ICT), Linux systems administration (ICT) and personal knowledge management (ICT). At the graduate level, I teach knowledge management (LS/ICT) and electronic resource management (LS). These links go to some of my notes and lectures for these courses.