C. Sean Burns


I gave a talk on The Tacit Knowledge Dilemma in Open Science to SIG-KM at ASIST. The talk is based on work first developed in a 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 started 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


Spring 2021

On sabbatical.

Fall 2020

Taught 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

These are active or semi-active Git repositories I use for research and teaching.

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