K. Matthew Dames appointed Library Copyright & Information Policy Adviser

K. Matthew Dames (G ’01) has been appointed Copyright & Information Policy Adviser at Syracuse University Library, effective August 2008. In this newly created position, Dames provides strategy, advice, guidance, and education to the Library on copyright and information policy issues so the Library can effectively deliver information, scholarship, and related services to the University and its constituents. Mr. Dames also will work upon request with members of the University community, including faculty, who are seeking guidance on copyright or policy issues that affect scholarship and research.

Reporting to the University Librarian and Dean of the Library, Mr. Dames serves as the Library’s primary resource for copyright, fair use, and information policy, Mr. Dames also will develop a variety of educational initiatives to inform the Library and broader University community about best practices for using copyrighted information in teaching and research. He will manage the Library’s copyright website and its copyright permissions initiatives, and will continue serving as a member of the University Committee on Copyright, established by the Provost in 2007.

Mr. Dames is an alumnus of the School of Information Studies, where he was awarded the Lemke Book Award in 2001, and currently is enrolled in the School’s doctoral program, where he is researching rhetoric and framing in information policy. Dames has also served in academic positions at the Syracuse University New Technology Law Center at the College of Law, and the iSchool’s Center for Research on Collaboratories and Technology Enhanced Learning Communities and Wireless Grids Laboratory.

Mr. Dames has written extensively on copyright and information policy matters, both as the Executive Editor of Copycense and for several publications. His awards and honors include being named a University Fellow; serving as a research fellow at the Institute for the Study of the Judiciary, Politics, and the Media; receiving an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Future Professoriate fellowship; and completing a post-graduate fellowship at the Georgetown University Law Center. He received the 21st Century New Librarian award from the iSchool in 2003 and is a member of the Beta Phi Mu honor society.

In addition to his iSchool graduate degree, Mr. Dames has earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Bernard M. Baruch College, and a law degree from Northeastern University School of Law.

He can be reached at 443-8508 or kmdames@syr.edu.

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