Alison Downey

Alison Downey

Technical Services Librarian, Assistant Professor
Christopher Center, Room 174
(219) 464-6183
Alison.Downey (at)

Professor Downey joined the Valparaiso University faculty in the fall of 2018 as an Assistant Professor of Library Science. She acts as liaison to the Psychology/Counseling, Social Work and Education departments in addition to being the Government Information librarian. She manages the Technical Services department, is responsible for cataloging processes, and serves as the primary technical services liaison to OCLC and co-systems administrator for our integrated library system.

Professional Memberships:

American Library Association

  • Association of College and Research Libraries
  • Government Documents Round Table

Indiana Networking for Documents and Information of Government Organizations (Indigo)


M.L.S. – Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
B.A. – Indiana University Northwest

Areas of Specialization:

ILS Management
Technical Services
Government Information

Other Interests:

A native of northwest Indiana, Professor Downey loves finding new and entertaining things to do in the region and spending time at Lake Michigan. She enjoys geocaching, visiting the local library, reading humorous books and spending time with her family. When she's not doing any of those things, she's probably re-watching The Office.