Alison Booth, Professor of English and Director of Collective Biographies of Women (CBW), has been appointed the new Academic Director of the UVA Scholars' Lab. Prof. Booth has a long-time association with the Scholars' Lab, having built her first version of CBW in 2004, an annotated bibliography based on her book How to Make It as a Woman: Collective Biographical History from Victoria to the Present (University of Chicago Press, 2004). Prof. Booth is succeeding Bethany Nowvitskie, the founding director.
The Scholars' Lab was established in 2008 by the UVA Library, and supports innovation in the humanities and social sciences. It offers two fellowship programs for graduate students, the Digital Humanities Fellowships and Praxis Program Fellowships, and Makerspace, which has a wide variety of cameras, printers, wearable technology, and assorted hardware devices that can be used by the UVA community. It also provides tools and programmer support for faculty and students who are using digital tools and methodologies for their research and teaching. It has collaborated with faculty on a number of projects, including several IATH projects.