New Member Profile: Ihrke Alison
I began my library career over six years ago, in my small hometown public library, as the Summer Reading Program assistant. It was a temporary job that I never wanted to end! And I guess my coworkers didn’t either. By the end of the SRP, I was offered a full time position as Circulation Supervisor, and stayed with the Spirit Lake Public Library for over two years.
I currently work as a full-time Library Services Coordinator and a part-time Reference and Instruction Librarian for Clackamas Community College. I feel fortunate to be at CCC, where our small, talented staff get to dabble in a little bit of everything in the library world! I assist patrons at the reference desk, supervise circulation staff, manage acquisitions and cataloging, collaborate campus wide, teach one shot library instruction classes, and develop and maintain the annual budget … just to name a few! To say our days are a busy whirlwind would be an understatement!
I relocated from small town Iowa to big city Oregon in November 2013. My parents still live back in Iowa, but I’m happy to be close to my sister and her husband, and my cat nephew out here in Portland! My sister and I enjoy challenging ourselves with hikes each summer and have a never ending list of trails we want to try out!
I picked up running when I moved out here, finishing my first half marathon the same weekend I graduated with my Master’s degree in May 2015! Instead of going to Madison to walk in the ceremony, I decided to head to Disneyland and run across the finish line of the Tinkerbell Half Marathon! Since then, I’ve stuck with the sport and am an active member in a weekly run club, and spend way too much of my money on workout clothes and race entries!
Running is even how I met my significant other! We are constantly active and love adventuring together! A few of our favorite things include going to baseball games, beer/cider fests, OSU football games (season tickets), renovating his house, and of course we go for runs and do races together! We also recently climbed Mount St. Helens for our anniversary!
And of course I’ve always had a love of reading. Growing up, my mom always had something new to read, and I quickly picked up her habit from a young age! Recently, Audible has been my best friend during my commute! The history major in me loves that I’m easily plowing through Philippa Gregory’s Plantagenet and Tudors series! I’m fairly diverse in what I’ll pick up, from growing up devouring Harry Potter to Stieg Larsson’s psychological Millennium series thrillers, from Linda Castillo’s Kate Burkholder series to Sylvia Day’s Crossfire series. If it grabs my attention, I’ll give it a try!
I’m excited for the opportunities OLA has to offer its members, and look forward to more annual conferences, New Member events, and getting to know my fellow Oregon Librarians!