Kate Thornhill

Digital Librarian, Archivist, and  Technologist 

Who is Kate (she/her/hers)?

Kate help academics and non-profits make thoughtfully driven digital archives and multimedia based projects to be publicly and freely available education and research resources. These collaborative digital projects can take shape as oral history projects, digital archiving initiatives, digital maps, and digital exhibits.

Throughout her career, Kate has been devoted to academic library digital services development and sustainability. With nearly 10 years experience in higher education as a hybrid between a librarian, archivist, and web technologist, she become an expert in the theory and practice of cultural heritage digital stewardship and scholarly communications

 

Kate Thornhill

What is Kate Working On?

You can keep up with Kate’s work on Polywork.

Get in Contact with Kate

If you want to reach Kate then messaging her at kmthorn [at] uoregon.edu is the best place.

 

Kate Thornhill

Digital Librarian, Archivist, and  Technologist 

What is Kate Working On?

You can keep up with Kate’s work on Polywork.

Get in Contact with Kate

If you want to reach Kate then messaging her at kmthorn [at] uoregon.edu is the best place.

 

Who is Kate (she/her/hers)?

Kate help academics and non-profits make thoughtfully driven digital archives and multimedia based projects to be publicly and freely available education and research resources. These collaborative digital projects can take shape as oral history projects, digital archiving initiatives, digital maps, and digital exhibits.

Throughout her career, Kate has been devoted to academic library digital services development and sustainability. With nearly 10 years experience in higher education as a hybrid between a librarian, archivist, and web technologist, she become an expert in the theory and practice of cultural heritage digital stewardship and scholarly communications

 

Where does Kate work?

Kate has worked at the University of Oregon Libraries since 2018 and teaches digital libraries and digitization for the University of Denver’s Library and Information Science online graduate program.

Prior to UO Libraries Digital Scholarship Services, she worked at Oregon Health and Science University as the Interim Director of Curatorial Services and Repository Librarian and was a Research and Instruction Digital Scholarship Librarian at Lesley University’s College of Art and Design Library.

 

How does Kate’s work take shape?

Digital Humanities Research Partnerships & Consultations

Collaborating on federally and privately funded-research grants to advance the digital humanities using digital project methodologies such as project management, user research, web design, digital preservation, and the ethical creation and work flowing of digital media assets.

Project highlights: PlacePress, a WordPress plugin sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Healers Project funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation as part of the University of Oregon’s Just Futures Institute.

Digital Pedagogy Partnerships

Partnering with higher education faculty to teach undergraduate and graduate students digital literacy skills and abilities that enhance professional writing and research skills by making and using open digital media and web publishing platforms.

Project Highlights: Talking Stories: An Encyclopedia of Traditional Ecological Knowledge and the award winning UO course Italian 319: Eco-Italy

Digital Assets Management Services

Designing and implementing digital assets management services to ensure digital assets are findable, accessible, interoperable, reproducible, and secure for long-term knowledge management.

Service Highlights: Established Oregon Health & Science University Library’s Digital Assets Management Program and re-envisioned Lesley University Art & Design Library’s Visual Resources Center into Digital Scholarship and Imaging Services.

Digital Project & Services Staff Management, Supervision, and Mentoring

For several years Kate has been responsible for the supervision, management, and mentoring of professional and student funding-contingent and part-time workers who work in academic libraries and on research grant projects.

Highlighted Work: Andrew W. Mellon postdoctoral scholar in the digital projects management and creation GLAM (galleries, libraries archives, and museums) faculty-driven digital exhibit; Managed and supervised the Libraries & Museum Mellon GLAM User Experience Graduate Fellow in user research methodologies, research study development, and coordination of the 2021 Digital GLAM Spaces Conference; and operationalization of the UO Libraries Digital Research, Education, and Media Lab.

Oral History Projects

Leads and collaborates in the digital capture and documentation of oral history projects including project planning and management, digital archiving, technical infrastructure implementation, and transcription processing.

Project Highlights: Oregon Heritage Excellence Award Winning Eugene Lesbian Oral History Project; Eugene Masonic Cemetery Association Oral History Project (forthcoming); and the McKenzie Holiday Farm Wildfire Stories Project (forthcoming)

Research Consultations

Finding articles, people, books, and quotes for journlists like Kerry Cardoza, a Chicago-based author who writes about the intersections of art, music, gender, and politics. She is the Art Editor at Newcity and the Punk Columnist at Bandcamp Daily

Learn more about Kate’s professional experience, teaching, research, scholarship, and service.

Forthcoming Publications

Making File Names for Digital Archives by Kate Thornhill and Gabriele Hayden, book chapter published in the American College and Research Libraries’s Data Literacy Cookbook, 2022

Afro-Indigenous Women Healers in the Caribbean and Its Diasporas: A Decolonial Digital Humanities Project by Ana Maurine Lara, Alai Reyes Santos, and Kate Thornhill published in Digital Humanities Quarterly Journal special issue “Between DH and Me: Special Issue on Black Studies in/for the Rising Digital Humanities Generation”, 2021

Featured Research Partnerships

PlacePress, a new WordPress plugin for publishing location-based tours and stories led by Cleveland State University’s Public History and Digital Humanities Center funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Oregon Digital: The Redevelopment and Enhance of a Digital Library Platform, funded by Oregon State University Libraries & Press and University of Oregon Libraries 

Featured Community Contributions

Eugene Masonic Cemetery Association, Volunteer Digital Archivist

Rural Organizing Project, Web Team, and Digital Archives Volunteer

 

Featured Professional Service

American College and Research Libraries Spectrum Scholarship Mentor, 2021-2023

University of Oregon United Academics, UO Libraries Union Steward

Orbis Cascade Alliance Library Consortium, Unique and Local Content Team Chair 2020-2021

University of Oregon Senate Member – UO Libraries Representative, 2021-2023