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. No Sudo For You
  2. The Liminal Space That Was
  3. The Aha Moment
  4. Mix It Up
  5. Wrong Hard Drive
  6. Larry McMurtry
  7. Professor Suda
  8. Another Anniversary
  9. One Year
  10. On Cooking Shows
  11. Cook's Log, Fermentation Date 28
  12. On Alphabetizing
  13. The Restorative Work of Reading Just Books
  14. Cook's Log, Fermentation Date 11
  15. Font Lode
  16. Be Virtuous
  17. Cook's Log, Fermentation Date 9
  18. Puzzled
  19. Salt the Hash
  20. Not Really a Kobayashi Maru
  21. I Miss John and Neighbors
  22. On Top
  23. Fermented Cabbage
  24. My Sysadmin Work
  25. Back To i3
  26. On File Systems
  27. Loud, Clamorous, Blaring
  28. In My Next Life
  29. You Have Mail, too
  30. You Have Mail
  31. A Good Long Walk
  32. Always the Tinkerer
  33. Fedora Switch Complete
  34. My Desktop after Eight Years
  35. I Will Pass on Time Travel
  36. Citizen Science
  37. On Aging
  38. The Trick to Social Media
  39. On Conservatives
  40. Lullabies and Mixtapes
  41. More Hard
  42. Somewhat Automated
  43. The Dark, Hard Days
  44. On Buddies
  45. Three Quarters of a Year
  46. On Fezzik
  47. On Ebooks
  48. A Good Read
  49. Let's Dance
  50. On Sudoku
  51. On Carrots
  52. Primate Lessons
  53. On Solace
  54. Surreality Polarity Reversal
  55. Dear Mom
  56. Not That 1984
  57. On the Historical Person
  58. A Pictorial List
  59. On Covid19 and Keystone Species
  60. s/awk/R/
  61. s/sed/awk/
  62. On Marriage
  63. On Teaching Linux
  64. Dark Nights
  65. On Revising
  66. On Distractions
  67. A Distro Hop
  68. On Conspiracy Theories
  69. Earth's Holocaust
  70. Come Sail Away
  71. On the Bookshelf
  72. The Chronicles
  73. Past Colleagues
  74. On Consistency
  75. Restaurant Dreams
  76. 35 Days
  77. An Action Under Which Description
  78. The Slow Down
  79. I'd Rather
  80. It's the Little Things
  81. On Research Speed
  82. On Stress Relief
  83. On Sheltering
  84. On Social Distancing
  85. Losing a Walker Friend
  86. When a Baby Cries as a Toddler
  87. Converting Markdown to HTML with Table of Contents Using Pandoc
  88. Switching Window Managers
  89. Remembering Some Text
  90. Some Observations on Usability Pertaining to a Child
  91. Bad Superblock
  92. A Quick Bash One-Liner and Children
  93. Tidyverse Skeptic Too
  94. Make Email Fun
  95. Some Routines I Find Calming
  96. The Product
  97. The Walkers
  98. On Solitude
  99. On Writing and its Tools
  100. Using Ed, The Standard Text Editor
  101. Keeping it Minimal