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

Submitted Manuscripts

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