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Library Welcomes New AUL for Scholarly Resources and Services

The Library is pleased to welcome K. Matthew Dames as Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Resources and Services. In this role, Dr. Dames will serve as intellectual arbiter of collection development and content strategies for the University Library's 3.5 million volume system, and will supervise more than 30 information professionals across five departments and two branch libraries.

Matthew began his library career several years ago at the Law Center's E.B. Williams Law Library as a Library Resident fellow, during which he chaired the library's USA PATRIOT Act task force and helped author its policy for responding to law enforcement requests for library records. More recently, Dr. Dames has been interim dean of the Syracuse University Libraries, with administrative, academic, and management responsibility for the University’s 3 million volume library system, its academic press, archives and records management division, institutional repository, copyright office, audio archive, and storage facility.

Additionally, Matthew founded Syracuse's Copyright and Information Policy Office, one of the first college or university offices dedicated to providing copyright, licensing, and scholarly communications advice to its campus community. In this executive position, he authored, implemented, and annually updated Syracuse’s institutional copyright policy, which was released in 2012. This policy has been adopted, in whole or in part, by more than 20 American colleges or universities.

A recipient of doctoral fellowships from the National Science Foundation and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Matthew is the first African-American to earn the Ph.D. degree from Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies. He also is an attorney in good standing with the Bar of Maryland.

Please welcome Matthew upon his return to Georgetown University.