C. Sean Burns


I gave a talk for one of our monthly College research presentations on Functional Search Problems among MEDLINE Databases (see link to Zoom for the recorded video). 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 and the video is on my School's website, along with videos on flipped classroom instruction from some of my wonderful colleagues. These may be helpful to others teaching online for the first time.


Recent Publications

Current Manuscripts

Recent Conference Papers

Work in Progress


Spring 2021

I will be on a sabbatical writing a book and preparing a grant submission.

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. Lectures and demonstration transcripts are stored in my GitHub repo here:

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. Lectures are stored in my GitHub repo here:

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. Notes and demos are stored in my GitHub repo here:

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

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.

WWW/Blog Entries

  1. Let's Dance
  2. On Sudoku
  3. On Carrots
  4. Primate Lessons
  5. On Solace
  6. Surreality Polarity Reversal
  7. Dear Mom
  8. Not That 1984
  9. On the Historical Person
  10. A Pictorial List
  11. On Covid19 and Keystone Species
  12. s/awk/R/
  13. s/sed/awk/
  14. On Marriage
  15. On Teaching Linux
  16. Dark Nights
  17. On Revising
  18. On Distractions
  19. A Distro Hop
  20. On Conspiracy Theories
  21. Earth's Holocaust
  22. Come Sail Away
  23. On the Bookshelf
  24. The Chronicles
  25. Past Colleagues
  26. On Consistency
  27. Restaurant Dreams
  28. 35 Days
  29. An Action Under Which Description
  30. The Slow Down
  31. I'd Rather
  32. It's the Little Things
  33. On Research Speed
  34. On Stress Relief
  35. On Sheltering
  36. On Social Distancing
  37. Losing a Walker Friend
  38. When a Baby Cries as a Toddler
  39. Converting Markdown to HTML with Table of Contents Using Pandoc
  40. Switching Window Managers
  41. Remembering Some Text
  42. Some Observations on Usability Pertaining to a Child
  43. Bad Superblock
  44. A Quick Bash One-Liner and Children
  45. Tidyverse Skeptic Too
  46. Make Email Fun
  47. Some Routines I Find Calming
  48. The Product
  49. The Walkers
  50. On Solitude
  51. On Writing and its Tools
  52. Using Ed, The Standard Text Editor
  53. Keeping it Minimal