Kate Thornhill

Digital Librarian, Archivist, and  Technologist 

Kate Thornhill

Digital Librarian, Archivist, and  Technologist 

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Who is Kate? (she/her/hers)

I help academics and non-profits make thoughtfully driven digital archives and multimedia based projects to be publicly and freely available educational and research resources.

If you are interested in getting in contact with me then you can reach out to through my University of Oregon email address.

Where does Kate work?

Learn more about Kate’s professional background

Photo of Kate Thornhill

Who is Kate (she/her/hers)?

I help academics and non-profits make thoughtfully driven digital archives and multimedia based projects to be publicly and freely available educational and research resources. 

Throughout my career, I have 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, I’ve become an expert in the theory and practice of cultural heritage digital stewardship and scholarly communications.

Contact Kate

Interested in getting in contact with Kate? You can reach out to her at her  University of Oregon e-mail address.

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 my work take shape?

Digital Humanities Research Partnerships & Consultations

Leading user research for cross-institutional federal grant collaborations between public universities, and helping higher education faculty apply for private and public digital scholarship oriented grants.

Engaging with Open Pedagogy & Making Open Educational Resources

Partnering with higher education faculty to teach students digital literacy skills that enhance professional writing and research skills, Talking Stories: An Encyclopedia of Traditional Ecological Knowledge (forthcoming release February 2021)

Academic Library Digital Services Creation & Rehabilitation

Established Oregon Health & Science University Library’s Digital Assets Management Program and reenvisioned Lesley University Art & Design Library’s Visual Resources Center into Digital Scholarship and Imaging Services.

Museum & Libraries Digital Projects Management

Aiding an Andrew W. Mellon postdoctoral scholar in the digital projects management and creation of three GLAM (galleries, libraries archives, and museums) faculty-driven digital exhibits.

Oral History Transcription Processing Workflows & Training

Creating processes, communicating with vendors, and training staff on workflows for Spanish and English transcription and translations made publicly available through the digital humanities project, Caribbean Women Healers: Decolonizing Afro-Indigenous Knowledge

Research Consultation for Design Professionals

Aiding design professionals, Cheryl D. Miller and Kristina Lamour Sansone, engage with new modes of public scholarship through Wikipedia

Research Support for Journalists 

Finding articles, people, books, and quotes for Kerry Cardoza, a Chicago-based journalist who writes about the intersection 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