Welcome to my personal website. I work as as an associate professor in the School of Information Science at the University of Kentucky's College of Communication and Information. In this role, I teach in the library science graduate program and in the information, communication, and technology undergraduate and graduate programs.
I am presently working on three research projects. The first project is a
study of tacit knowledge and open science. In particular, my thesis is that
tacit knowing, Michael Polanyi's idea that
we can know more than we can
tell, challenges the idea that an open science can be fully open. If
true, this has ramifications for what we can learn from science done more
openly and for what can be replicated based on a more open science.
The second project is a study on document credibility. Here I am interested in what aspects of a document, in particular, news documents and articles, influence how people judge its credibility.
The third project is about article titles. More details later.
The curriculum vitae is a helpful device because it documents (hopefully) all the work that a scholar achieves. However, it falls short in contextualizing those achievements. In that vein, I have organized some of my publications by theme. These themes include bias in peer review, health information retrieval, reference librarianship and qualitative methodology, fake news, tacit knowledge and open science, history of automation, and electronic resources.
Visit my selected research page to learn more.
I used the plain text research approach described at the link above to write a paper for an upcoming conference. It was fun to write, even though the paper was rejected (2022-05-24), and I describe the process on The Text. See the output: Ungrade to Learn.
Most of the coding I do is for analyzing data for my research projects. However, I built several programs to help introduce my students to the Linux command line. These are useful if you're running Linux or have access to a Linux machine and the Bash shell.
learn-the-cliis an interactive Bash script that walks users through a set of common commands and lets them practice the commands.
learn-the-filesystemis an interactive Bash Script that builds off the
learn-the-cliscript but focuses on navigating the Linux directory tree and learning the differences between absolute and relative paths.
flashcardsis a modified shell script that helps users memorize a set of common commands. This comes with a
cards.csvfile containing the data for the script.
Instructions for downloading and using the scripts above are on the GitHub repo: Learn the Command Line.
I wrote the following three books for courses in my program. These works are based on lectures and demonstrations that I had created for these courses. Although I no longer regularly teach Personal Knowledge Management (it's in good hands, though), I created the course and long desired to write a cohesive work for it.
I consider these works to be live documents. They will be regularly revised for clarity and updated, especially during the months before and while they are taught, to include new content.
Burns, C. S. (2022). Linux systems administration. https://cseanburns.net/WWW/linux-systems-admin/.
Burns, C. S. (2022). Personal knowledge management handbook. https://cseanburns.net/WWW/pkm/.
Burns, C. S. (2022). Electronic resource management. https://cseanburns.net/WWW/ERM-book
As of spring 2023, I'm teaching a new course on systems librarianship. I'm writing a book for this course, too. It will not be complete until later in the spring semester. However, I include it here for those that may want to follow along:
Burns, C. S. (2023). Systems librarianship. https://cseanburns.net/WWW/systems-librarianship
I developed and regularly teach the following two undergraduate courses in my School's information, communication, and technology (ICT) program.
I developed and regularly teach the following two graduate courses in my School's library science (LIS) and information, communication, and technology (ICT) programs.
As of Spring 2023, I will be teaching a new course on system's librarianship, which means someone else will take over the knowledge management course that I have taught since spring 2014.
I developed and regularly taught the following undergraduate course, but now teach it mainly when I take on summer teaching.