Hey! I’m Kate Thornhill (she/her/hers).
I am a Bay Stater who lives in the Pacific Northwest. I’m super into helping people learn how to use digital storytelling tools and build archives and special collections.
During the weekdays you can find me at the University of Oregon. My work involves partnering with other experts to make oral histories and digital exhibits. I also act as a digital humanities consultant who knows more than a thing or two about intellectual property rights, sustainable techno-social digital infrastructures, and digital assets management. At times, you can find me dabbling with qualitative user research methodologies and partnering with other academic libraries to promote and advance digital cultural heritage.
My 9 to 5
TeachingAt the University of Oregon, I collaborate with faculty who want to bring digital techniques and methodologies into their classrooms. This work takes shape through making digital exhibits, blogs, digital maps, and oral histories. I'm also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Denver where I teach digital libraries and digitization in their online library and information science master's degree program.
VolunteeringYou can find me volunteering with community non-profit organizations around Oregon and Eugene. Some of the organizations I have worked with include:
- Aiding the Rural Organizing Project with web content communications and training staff on how to use WordPress
- Leading the development of the Eugene Masonic Cemetery Associations' digital archives and collections.
- Combatting food scarcity with the Eugene Burrito Brigade by digitally mapping free little pantries across Lane County.
What Kate's working on
What Kate's working on
Book chapter "Teaching Copyright through Pop Culture for Public Scholarship-Based Instruction" accepted for Integrating Pop Culture into the Academic Library edited by Melissa E. Johnson, Thomas Weeks, and Jennifer Putnam Davis to be published by Roman and Littlefield in 2022.
Started user research with Andrew W. Mellon User Experience graduate student fellow to enhance digital exhibit user interfaces.
Started usability testing for the new version of Oregon Digital, a digital cultural heritage library jointly managed by Oregon State University Libraries & Press and the University of Oregon Libraies.