Syracuse University

Chancellor's Cabinet and Administrative Staff

K. Matthew Dames

K. Matthew DamesInterim Dean of Libraries and University Librarian

K. Matthew Dames is interim Dean of Libraries and University Librarian at Syracuse University, where he sets and implements vision and strategic priorities for a 170-employee, 1 million volume academic research library. He was appointed the University’s first Copyright and Information Policy Adviser in 2008, later becoming the Libraries’ Director of the Copyright and Information Policy Office in 2012, and Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship in 2013.

Dr. Dames has been involved with the information and media industries for more than three decades as a lawyer, librarian, journalist, professor, author, publisher, musician, audio engineer, and DJ. A recipient of fellowships funded by the National Science Foundation and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Dr. Dames has earned degrees in business, law and information science, and is a member of the Maryland bar.

In 2011, Dr. Dames became the first African-American to earn a Ph.D. from Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies. His scholarship focuses on copyright law, information policy, the history of the U.S. media industries and the business of scholarship.

Dr. Dames has been an intellectual property columnist for Information Today magazine since 2008. His work, including his online publication Copycense, has been cited by Ars Technica, the Freakonomics blog, Techdirt, Canada’s National Post, William Patry, Jessica Litman and the Copyright Society of the U.S.A.