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Staff Biography

K. Matthew Dames

K. Matthew Dames

Interim Dean of Libraries and University Librarian; Director, Copyright and Information Policy Office
Bird Library



K. Matthew Dames has more than 30 years of experience with the multimedia and information industries as a lawyer, librarian, scholar, musician, DJ, and educator. His career experiences and scholarly research provide him a unique perspective about the convergence of law, norms of content and information use, and global business.

Currently, Dr. Dames is Interim Dean of Libraries and University Librarian at Syracuse University, where he is the chief executive officer responsible for setting and implementing vision, strategies, and management priorities for an Association of Research Libraries member system of more than 3 million volumes, 7 facilities, and 170 professional and union employees.

He also is Founding Director of Syracuse’s Copyright and Information Policy Office, one of the nation’s first offices dedicated to copyright, licensing and information policy needs within an academic research library, as well as author of Using Copyrighted Works in Teaching: A Guide for Syracuse University Faculty, Syracuse University’s first comprehensive set of copyright compliance recommendations in the Internet age.

A recipient of doctoral fellowships from the National Science Foundation and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Dr. Dames has earned degrees in law, information science, and business. He is the first African-American to earn a Ph.D. from Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies, and its sole alumnus to earn the School’s Doctoral Prize (which recognizes the outstanding academic contributions of a Ph.D. student) and its Antje Lemke Book Award (which recognizes outstanding students in library and information science program). Dr. Dames is an inducted member of Beta Phi Mu, the international library and information studies honor society, and a member of the Maryland bar.

Select Bibliography

  • Dames, K. M. (2012, January). Occupy copyright. Information Today, 29(1), 26-27.
  • Dames, K. M. (2011, November). Libraries encounter the piracy paradigm. Information Today, 28(10), 24-25.
  • Dames, K. M. (2011, September). How ‘remix rebels’ confuse core copyright. Information Today, 28(8), 24-25.
  • Dames, K. M. (2011, June). In defense of copyright: Why I didn’t make my dissertation open. Information Today, 28(6), 24-25.
  • Dames, K. M. (2011, April). Presidential messaging, innovation, and intellectual property Information Today, 28(4), 24-25.
  • Dames, K. M. (2011). The piracy paradigm: Framing U.S. copyright law. Retrieved from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses. (Publication No. 3454359)
  • Dames, K. M. (2011, February). Distinguishing “piracy” from the “piracy paradigm.” Information Today, 28(2), 20-21.
  • Dames, K. M. (2010, December). “Pay-per” and the copyright compliance paradigm. Information Today, 27(11), 12-13.
  • Dames, K. M. (2010, October). Copyright’s purpose and principal justification. Information Today, 27(9), 18-19.
  • Dames, K. M. (2010, May). Three basic copyright questions answered. Information Today, 27(5), 18-19.
  • Dames, K. M. (2010, April). Educational use in the digital economy. Information Today, 27(4), 18- 19.
  • Dames, K. M. (2010, February). Citizens are now copyright stakeholders. Information Today, 27(2), 18-19.
  • Dames, K. M. (2010, January). Brief thoughts on the changing nature of scholarship. Information Today, 27(1), 18.
  • Dames, K. M. (2009, September). Data is the new oil. Information Today, 26(8), 14-15.
  • Dames, K. M. and Patry, W. (2007, June). The evolution of copyright. Searcher, 15(6), 42.
  • Dames, K. M. (2005, September/October). Copyright clearances: Fair use action and apathy. Online, 29(5), 32-35.
  • Dames, K. M. (2004, July 26). Social software in the library., Retrieved April 30, 2007, from
  • Dames, K. M. (2002). Slip sliding away: Time expiring on DMCA challenges. AALL Spectrum, 6(6), 6, 19.


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