Bethany Nowviskie

Dean of Libraries, Professor


ORCID logo 0000-0002-1788-5154

Building: Carrier Library
Office: 107A
MSC: 1703

Department: Libraries Administration

Pronouns: She / Her / Hers

About me

I began my work as Dean of Libraries and Professor of English at James Madison University in July of 2019, and now additionally serve as JMU’s Senior Academic Technology Officer. It’s my privilege to lead the wonderful staff and faculty of the JMU Libraries, in service to our campus community.

Previously: Executive Director of the Digital Library Federation; president of the Association for Computers and the Humanities; CLIR Distinguished Presidential Fellow; faculty member at Rare Book School; research associate professor, UVa English; director of Digital Research & Scholarship, UVa Library; and the founding director of the UVa Scholars’ Lab.

BA (English and Archaeology), University of Virginia
MA Ed. (English Education), Wake Forest University
Ph.D. (Literature/Humanities Computing), University of Virginia

I write on liberatory and speculative digital library design at

About Libraries Administration

The dean’s suite is located on the first floor of Carrier Library. Dean Bethany Nowviskie and her leadership team coordinate library and educational technology resources, spaces, services, and expertise, in alignment with JMU Libraries’ guiding statements.