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