Judith Van Alstyne
Head Librarian
jvanalstyne@allendalecolumbia.org
(585) 641-5294

Judy worked as a reference librarian and children’s librarian in several public libraries in the Rochester area before coming to Allendale Columbia in 1997. At AC, she serves as Head Librarian and teaches Digital Literacy, Information Literacy, and library classes for students in nursery through first grade. Judy holds a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University, a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and a Master of Library Sciences Degree from Simmons College.

How did you decide to go into this line of work?
A love of literature and art led me to a love of picture books. A love of science and history led me to a love of scholarship and best research practices. A desire to help others made being a librarian the perfect solution to sharing all that I love.

Who inspires you?
I am inspired by people who take risks to enlighten the world. From John Wesley Powell exploring the Colorado River to a young sociologist adopting an urban neighborhood and its residents (see On the Run by Alice Goffman), these individuals enrich our understanding of the world and ourselves.

What’s your favorite quote?
“In the nonstop tsunami of global information, librarians provide us with floaties and teach us to swim.” – Linton Weeks