Bethany Nowviskie, Director of DLF

Bethany Nowviskie, Director of DLF

Bethany Nowviskie is director of the Digital Library Federation (DLF) at CLIR, the Council on Library and Information Resources. She also serves as Research Associate Professor of Digital Humanities in the Department of English at the University of Virginia.

From 2007-2015, Nowviskie directed the Scholars’ Lab and Digital Research & Scholarship department at the University of Virginia Library. While there, she also served as Special Advisor to the UVa Provost for the advancement of digital humanities research, and as chair of the UVa's General Faculty Council. Among Nowviskie's past roles are those of Distinguished Presidential Fellow at CLIR, president of the Association for Computers and the Humanities, chair of the Modern Language Association's Committee on Information Technology, and associate director of the Scholarly Communication Institute. Past projects include: Neatline (an NEH/IMLS and Library of Congress-funded toolset for geotemporal interpretation of archival collections); the UVa Praxis Program, international Praxis Network, and #Alt-Academy collection (all three addressing graduate education reform and alternative academic careers); the open-source library discovery platform, Project Blacklight; NINES (for which she developed the Mellon Foundation-supported Collex software powering 18thConnect and other ARC projects) and two NEH-funded programs: the Institute for Enabling Geospatial Scholarship and Speaking in Code, a summit on tacit knowledge exchange in software development.

Nowviskie holds a bachelor’s degree in English and Archaeology (summa cum laude) from the University of Virginia, a master’s in Education from Wake Forest University, and a PhD in English from UVa, with a dissertation entitled Speculative Computing. The Chronicle of Higher Education pretty much summed her up in a “Ten Tech Innovators” profile: “Bethany Nowviskie likes to build things.”