Kate Thornhill

  • @kmthornhill
  • Digital Scholarship Librarian @ the University of Oregon
  • she/her/hers
  • Eugene, Oregon
Hey! I’m Kate Thornhill (she/her/hers).  I am a Bay Stater who lives in the Pacific Northwest. I’m ...  
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Digital Scholarship Librarian

  • University of Oregon
  • Feb 2018 - Present

Library and Information Science Adjunct Faculty

  • University of Denver
  • Mar 2020 - Present

Interim Director of Curatorial Services and Digital Repository Librarian

  • Oregon Health and Science University
  • Feb 2016 - Jan 2018

Digital Scholarship Librarian

  • Lesley University
  • Nov 2013 - Jan 2016
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What Kate's working on

What Kate's working on


Jun 30, 2021
Jun 30, 2021
Taught digital technologies
Improved workflows
Taught about digital assets management
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Finished working on The McKenzie Holiday Farm Wildfire Stories Project where I taught students digital project management, how-to capture oral histories using Zoom, and how-to use ESRI StoryMaps to make narrative location-based digital exhibits.

This project was led by Professor Katie Lynch, Co-Director of the Environmental Leadership Program at the University of Oregon, with the McKenzie Education Foundation, McKenzie River Trust, Lane County History Museum, UO Libraries Digital Scholarship Services Department, and 11 University of Oregon environmental leadership students. 
This digital project documents the stories and impact of the historic and devastating Holiday Farm wildfire that swept through the McKenzie watershed Sept 7, 2020, that left more than 173,000 acres and 430 homes burned. Students conducted ethnographic interviews, collected existing photographs and maps to help create a comprehensive archive and ten digital exhibits about meteorological conditions, the firefighters, evacuation experiences, watershed restoration efforts, and other themes.
Jun 30, 2021
Jun 30, 2021
Taught at the University of Denver
Finished up teaching Introduction to Digital Libraries at the University of Denver for the 4th time. Check out the digital collections on Omeka.net 

I taught my students how to develop digital collections using Omeka Classic. They applied knowledge about:
  • Collection Scoping & Curation
  • Copyright & Licensing - Creative Commons & RightsStatements.org
  • Unique Materials Digital Object Management and Quality Assurance
  • Metadata Application Profile Development
  • Usability Testing and User Personas Development
  • Working with Omeka.net
  • Project Management
  • Working on a Team in a Remote Environment
  • Institutional Repositories and Cultural Heritage Repositories
  • Designing Research Posters and Giving Presentations
Jun 30, 2021
Jun 30, 2021
Awarded for union stewardship service
Awarded the United Academics Strong Voice Award with Ann Shaffer and Elizabeth Petersen (UO Libraries) by United Academics of the University of Oregon. AAUP/AFT Local 3209, AFL-CIO

Nomination Letter
We, the undersigned, are nominating our colleagues Elizabeth Peterson, Kate Thornhill, and Ann Shaffer for the United Academics Strong Voice Award. While many union members showed extraordinary leadership and advocacy this past year, we believe that our librarian colleagues responded to this crisis with fierce resilience and sustained support throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Like many career faculty across campus during the 2020 spring and summer terms, 15 librarians were at risk of being demoted to 0.1 FTE due to the administration’s perceived budget shortfalls. Additionally, five librarians who were up for promotion were put in the difficult position of proceeding with that process with the risk of demotion or abandoning their promotion at that time to maintain 1.0 FTE for another year. Since librarians are 12-month career faculty, this immediate reduction to 0.1 FTE would have hit us harder financially and it would have added to the workload of other librarians at an already difficult time. 

Lacking strong and vocal support from within UO Libraries’ administration, Elizabeth, Ann, and Kate convened the faculty librarians to self-organize and mobilize calls for advocacy and support. They created the UO Librarians United website to gather testimonials from students, faculty, staff, and non-campus stakeholders, and they compiled metrics and stories that demonstrate the impact that librarians have for the UO community. Their representation highlighted the unique plight of the FTE reduction for librarian career faculty. 

Their advocacy not only made an impact at UO Libraries, but it also demonstrated the collective power that we have through our union to stand against the unfair decision of the University’s administration. Their work caught the attention of Library Journal and amplified the crisis beyond Eugene to further the union’s pressure on UO administration. 

During the difficult times that led up to the MOU for continued employment and throughout the pandemic, they have been examples of fairness and transparency. They continue to be strong advocates and connections between librarian faculty and United Academics, often working overtime to have one-on-one meetings with librarians to gather feedback for the union. As a group, we convene monthly to review bargaining updates, discuss issues and concerns, and outline better methods for shared governance within UO Libraries. 

Their actions in collaboration with the union have been more than award worthy. Elizabeth, Kate, and Ann were much-needed leaders during a time when many of us were worried about our futures. We hope that they will be seriously considered for the Strong Voice Award. Thank you for your consideration." (Source)

Jun 18, 2021
Jun 18, 2021
Consulted with a research institute
Consulted with the The Pacific Northwest Just Futures Institute for Racial and Climate Justice on incorporating ethical digital humanities practices into their institute's data and research principles with emphasis on:

  • Students as research collaborators and project builders
  • Web accessibility for all
  • Community centric approaches to sustainable digital infrastructures
  • Institutional compliance for data security and privacy
  • Intellectual property rights centering to indigenous knowledge and rights
  • Importance of digital assets management and data storage and movement workflows
  • Green computing approaches for digital humanities projects
Jun 17, 2021
Jun 17, 2021
Presented at a conference
“Ancient Teachings, Modern Methods: Using Open Pedagogy to Disseminate Traditional Ecological Knowledge”. Open/Social/Digital Humanities Pedagogy Training and Mentorship,” a Virtual Conference of the ADHO Special Interest Group for Digital Humanities Pedagogy and Training at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute. June 2021 (Online with: Michelle Scalise Sugiyama, University of Oregon)
Jun 11, 2021
Jun 11, 2021
Wrote a Style Guide
Managed people
Coached an Intern
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Finished developing an oral history transcription style guide with a library and information science graduate student for the Eugene Masonic Cemetery Association Oral History Project.
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