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.
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.
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.
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.
Event and space management
The Library Maintenance Technician provides a broad array of assistance for the facility, including:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.