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