(574) 631-5252


Edward H. Arnold University Librarian
(574) 631-7780 | | 284F Hesburgh Library

K. Matthew Dames, a nationally recognized scholar in copyright law and an experienced innovator in research libraries, joined the University of Notre Dame as the Edward H. Arnold University Librarian for the Hesburgh Libraries in August 2021.

As chief executive, Dr. Dames leads more than 175 library faculty and staff who advance teaching, learning and research at Notre Dame. The Hesburgh Libraries system features the flagship Hesburgh Library (which houses the Navari Family Center for Digital Scholarship, the Medieval Institute Library, the University Archives, and Rare Books and Special Collections) and four branch libraries (Architecture Library, Business Library, Music Library and the Visual Resources Center).

Throughout his career, Dames has cultivated strong collaborations inside and outside of university environments, implementing innovative programs to enhance staff development and successfully securing resources to advance transformative library initiatives.

Previously, Dames served as the university librarian for Boston University Libraries where he was integral to BU’s strategic planning process as chief librarian, chairing a faculty-led, provost-appointed committee charged with developing the library system’s 2030 priorities. While at BU, Dames developed and sponsored the In House Leadership Development Program which was the first award for executive talent development in academic libraries from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Before joining Boston University, Dames was an associate librarian for scholarly resources and services at Georgetown University where he led a division that included special collections, principal collections, branch libraries, and the copyright and scholarly communications office, and played an integral role in advancing Georgetown’s slavery, memory, and reconciliation efforts. He also served as interim dean of libraries and university librarian for Syracuse University. Dames began his academic library career as founding director of Syracuse University’s Copyright and Information Policy Office, one of the nation’s first full-time university copyright offices. Syracuse’s copyright policy, which he authored, has been copied in full or in part by more than 20 other U.S. universities.

Dames is a member of the Board of Directors for the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and became its 61st president on October 7, 2021. He chairs the ARL Task Force on Structural Equity and Inclusion, chairs the Fall Forum Planning Group, and serves on the Governance Committee. He is a career coach for the ARL Leadership and Career Development Program and was an ARL Leadership Fellow in 2018. He also served on the Board of Directors’ Executive Committee for NorthEast Research Libraries (2018-2021) and as a past board member of Reveal Digital in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Dames earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Baruch College of the City University of New York, as well as a master’s degree in information studies and a doctoral degree in information science and technology from Syracuse University. He earned his juris doctorate from Northeastern University. Dr. Dames continues to conduct research on copyright law, policy, and history, emphasizing culture and norms of the media industries, and is an attorney and member in good standing of the Bar of Maryland.


Senior Administrative Assistant to the Edward H. Arnold University Librarian
+1 574-631-7780 | | | 284 Hesburgh Library

Facilities Program Manager
(574) 631-7703 | | 154 Hesburgh Library

Reporting to the Hesburgh Libraries Organizational and Personnel Development Director the Facilities Administrator is responsible for the management and coordination of all elements of facility operations for the Hesburgh Libraries, including general physical maintenance of the Hesburgh Library building, representing the Libraries on all major facilities and equipment projects, space use and management within the Hesburgh Library, promoting safety and security for our facilities, and supervision of our facilities staff.

The Facilities Administrator is a critical position for ensuring access to the Hesburgh Library for our many student, faculty and staff stakeholders, as well as other visitors. A nationally recognized building, Hesburgh Library sees over 1 million visitors per year.


Procurement Analyst
(574) 631-5271 | | 284G Hesburgh Library

Salem is primarily responsible for the procurement activities of the Library, reviewing expense reimbursement activity in the TravelND system and non-computer purchases in BuyND. He also assists the Director and the Senior Accounting Specialist with accounting activities.


  • Audit all expense reports submitted by faculty and staff.
  • Assist some faculty and staff with entering their expenses into TravelND.
  • Answer questions about expense reimbursement, including issues with expense reports submission.
  • Help assemble and submit expense reports for the senior leaders in the Library Administration office.

Procurement /BuyND

  • Purchase all non-computer equipment and furniture for the libraries.
  • Purchase many miscellaneous items for faculty and staff.
  • Research and locate items for procurement that employees need but cannot easily find on their own.
  • Coordinate purchases with many different departments on campus, working closely with the Controller’s Group, especially the Procurement Office.
  • Ensure Library purchasing activities follow University guidelines and procedures, as communicated by the Controller’s Procurement Office.


  • Update the Information Technology Budget Report on a quarterly basis.
  • Act as Accounts Payable for most of the Library’s expenses (that are not related to materials acquisitions, resources deliver, or Interlibrary Loan services.
  • Answer general questions related to budgets, expenses, and account code (FOAPAL) use.

Administrative Assistant
(574) 631-5252 | | 284 Hesburgh Library

As the administrative assistant for the Administrative and Central Resources (ACR) Program, Julie serves as the primary customer service representative for visitors, patrons, and fellow Library employees coming to or calling the Office of the University Librarian. Reporting to and supporting the Director of Finance and Administration, Julie also provides administrative support for two Associate University Librarians, other staff in the Administration office, as well as the University Librarian in the absence of the Senior Administrative Assistant.

Administrative Support

  • Manage calendars for several individuals in the 284 Office
  • Oversee online application process for student employees
  • Backup payroll administrator
  • Moderate internal communications announcements
  • Manage online promotional products request form

Event and space management

  • Coordinates Hesburgh Libraries events
  • Reviews room requests
  • Manages room requests for the 125 Classroom, 220 Classroom, 231 A/B/C Classrooms, 235 Seminar Room, 264 Computer Classroom


  • Manage orders, fulfillment, and central inventory for library-wide resources and supplies
  • Working with vendors

Services Analyst
(574) 631 2409 | | 284 Hesburgh Library

Facilities Coordinator
(574) 631-2907 | | 156 Hesburgh Library

Library Maintenance Technician
+1 574 631 8439 | | 156 Hesburgh Library

The Library Maintenance Technician provides a broad array of assistance for the facility, including:

  • Evaluating and troubleshooting building repair situations that need attention. Fixing problems as required or notifying the Facilities Administrator about work order needs.
  • Coordinating office moves for Library employees.
  • Providing support for Library employees regarding furniture needs, repairs, and replacement.
  • Providing support to the Mailroom operation, including backup and daily runs to an offsite storage facility.
  • Being prepared to protect important Library materials in the event of potential damage from system malfunctions or environmental issues.

Communications and Marketing Specialist
(574) 631-3951 | | 284H Hesburgh Library

Program Director, Communications and Marketing
(574) 631-1856 | | 284J Hesburgh Library

As a member of the leadership team, Tara helps to shape and implement the overall vision, strategic plan, and related strategic initiatives for the Hesburgh Libraries.

She also develops and executes integrated marketing communications strategies to highlight the vital contributions the Libraries make to teaching and research and connect stakeholders to library expertise, services, resources, and special programs that accelerate learning and advance scholarship.

To this end, Tara works across several areas, including strategic planning, brand development, digital marketing, event marketing, social media, public relations, content development, web design and graphic design. Within the Libraries, she leads and consults with multidisciplinary teams in support of core programs and priority initiatives. She also works in collaboration with campus partners, including the schools and colleges, centers and institutes, University Development, Alumni Association and University Communications to advance the mission of the libraries and shared institutional goals.

Tara is a graduate of University of Notre Dame and holds a bachelor of fine arts degree with majors in graphic design/advertising, art history, and Arts and Letters Program for Administrators (ALPA). She also earned a master of science degree from Northwestern University studying integrated marketing communications.


Academic Advancement Director
+1 574-631-9255 |

Katy Orenchuk has joined the Hesburgh Libraries team as our Academic Advancement Officer. Her portfolio also includes the School of Architecture, the Snite Museum of Art, and the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.

Working with Dr. Dames, the Hesburgh Libraries Executive Team, and other Hesburgh Libraries’ stakeholders, Katy will be helping us to define and achieve our fundraising goals in the University’s forthcoming new capital campaign, in alignment with our strategic priorities and values.

Interim Director, Finance
(574) 631-4037 | | 284G Hesburgh Library

In coordination with the Director, Lee is responsible for general and strategic financial analysis to aid in the development of the Library budget (approximately $31.5 million) with a focus on the materials acquisitions budget. He also serves as a liaison to Program Directors and Selectors to aid with budget questions and guidance.


  • Assists with the preparation of the Library’s materials acquisition budget (approximately $12.7 million)
  • Designs reports to aid in financial monitoring and planning
  • Partners with several program directors to provide financial guidance for their budgets

Analysis & Planning

  • Assists the Director with strategic financial planning
  • Identifies, develops, and recommends suggestions for process improvements
  • Develops ad hoc reports on an as-needed basis


  • Manages the year-end process for closing the Acquisitions budget and rolling it over into the next fiscal year
  • Manages payments of electronic products and use of ProCards for Acquisitions
  • Works with Selectors to manage available funds

Personnel Specialist
(574) 631-3972 | | | 284L Hesburgh Library

Reporting to the Director, Michelle administers the Libraries’ human resources and payroll functions, including recruiting and hiring activities, preparing and managing employee records, and guiding managers and supervisors on University personnel policies and procedures.


  • Faculty: Support Faculty Search and CAP committees.
  • Faculty: Coordinate the reappointment and promotion process.
  • Staff: – Work with supervisors to post and recruit for staff positions.
  • Staff: Fill temporary and summer employment positions.
  • Students: Point of contact for students interested in library employment; refers students to supervisors with open positions in their departments.


  • Coordinate Ultra Time hourly payroll for the Libraries.
  • Work with Payroll Services to resolve questions and concerns regarding hourly, semi-monthly, and bi-weekly payrolls.
  • Ensure accurate pay for employees who are on FMLA leave or Worker's Compensation.

Human Resources

  • Point of contact for Human Resources-related policy questions or issues.
  • Work with Human Resources to ensure accurate documentation and tracking of FMLA issues.
  • Work with Risk Management to ensure timely documentation of Worker's Comp related issues.

Director, Hesburgh Libraries Organizational and Personnel Development Librarian
(574) 631-2871 | | 284B Hesburgh Library

As the Organizational Development Librarian, Marcy assesses and enhances the effectiveness of the Libraries’ organizational structure and operations by working closely with cabinet members, supervisors, faculty colleagues, library teams, and campus partners.

Human Resources and Provost' Office Partners

  • Integrate the University and Library-wide goals, values, and perspectives into the Libraries’ internal functions, such as position design, the recruitment and orientation processes, goal statements, assessment and recognition, team composition, program planning, and communication.

  • Work with CAP, ELF, and individual supervising librarians to ensure that CAP and faculty manual guidelines are regularly reviewed, maintained, and communicated.

  • Liaison with partners in Provost' Office regarding changes to academic articles, the Library Faculty Manual and other guidelines related to library faculty issues.

Organizational Development

  • Integrate goals, values, and culture statements into position design, recruitment process, performance management, recognition and internal communication efforts.

  • Oversee the annual review process for both staff and faculty.

  • Administer the local training and development budget.

  • Provide informal coaching and structured training to strengthen individual, management, and team effectiveness.

  • Listen, advocate, identify options to resolve problems and conflicts.

  • Oversee OD-related library teams such as the May/June Institute Team, the Performance Recognition Awards Team, the Faculty and Staff Training and Development Team, the Professional Development Committee, the Orientation Team, and the ND Voice Team.


  • Assist in developing recruitment strategies for faculty positions and designing position descriptions for faculty and for staff in the Library Family of the HR job architecture.