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About meExperientially I am a husband, a father, an adventurer, a developer, a musician, a lover of natural beauty, and a man of faith. I have enjoyed living in Seattle, Washington; Southeast Asia; Pasadena, California; Kathmandu, Nepal; Salt Lake City, Utah; and Portland, Oregon. I have visited over 25 countries, but I still believe some of the world’s best natural beauty lies in the USA’s National Park system.
Vocationally I am a technology product and program management professional with 20 years experience in the creation and delivery of innovative IT services, software/hardware products, Internet services, professional services and community development/ICT programs (for more see LinkedIn profile). I have long history of active service in the nonprofit sector and international work experience involving programs in over 25 countries.
Avocationally I enjoy being a landscape photographer, a hand percussionist (and drummer with strong leanings towards jazz improvisation), a volleyball coach, an alpine mountaineer, a blue water sailor, and an unabashed bibliophile.
About my libraryI classify and physically shelve my personal library topically into five mutually exclusive areas which I align with LibraryThing “Collections”:
• 1) AVOCATIONAL COLLECTION – which covers my varied interests that I choose not to earn a living from at this time. Sample topics include: Mountaineering, General Adventure, and Photography.
• 2) VOCATIONAL COLLECTION – covers topics I have personally used to earn a living. My working pursuits split broadly into Technology, Business, Cultures (i.e. cross cultural settings), and Vocation. They are further broken out into more granular topics like: International issues, Nonprofit Orgs, Leadership and Innovation, Marketing, Products and Services and South Asian Cultures.
• 3) FAITH COLLECTION – covers the spiritual realm from a decidedly Christian worldview. My topics include World Religions, Theology, Missiology and General Christianity.
• 4) EDUCATIONAL COLLECTION – covers other nonfiction of a more general nature, including Science, History, K-12 Teaching Resources and Other subjects.
• 5) FICTIONAL COLLECTION – covers the spectrum of fiction I personally enjoy. It ranges from standard cozy mysteries to a large selection of modern thrillers (with highlights to nautical fiction and mysteries about books) to a variety of literature and other fiction.
Geographic and Location details:
• I have a fairly exhaustive collection of books on the Sherpa People of Nepal, who I had the privilege to live among for 4 years. Related topics include South Asian cultures, the Himalayan Region, and of course Mount Everest itself.
• I am drawn to books that evoke a strong sense of geographic “place”. This is reflected in both my selection of books as well as my tagging of them.
• My ADVENTURE Bookcase is further divided into shelves on Himalayan Region, Pacific Northwest, American Southwest and Southeast Asia to reflect the primary “places” of my personal exploration.
• Here is an animated map (external link) highlighting a selection of the places I have explored, lived or worked in.
Classification process details:
• My library taxonomy uses my own hierarchical three-tier “Collection – Bookcase – Shelf” system. Collection I equate to walking into a room of multiple bookcases all on one domain of knowledge (generally >500 books). Bookcase I equate to an entire bookcase devoted to three or more related subjects (generally >100 books). Shelf is one or more shelves devoted to a single subject (generally at least 25 and not more than 100 books).
• For detailed notes on my shelves and what book gets sorted where please see “Collection – Bookcase – Shelf” Hierarchy, and then click on “BookWallah has a suggested style… Use It” link at the top of the books so that it includes my comments.
• For a complete up-to-date list of all shelf names please consult the first column of all tags.
Groups75 Books Challenge for 2015, Books on Books, Early Reviewers, Maps and Atlases, Non-Fiction Readers, Oregonians, Outdoor Readers, Reading Globally, Taggers!, Travel and Exploration literature
Favorite authorsAnsel Adams, Miriam Adeney, Jeffrey Archer, David Baldacci, John Dudley Ball, George Barna, William Bernhardt, Chris Bonington, Paul Borthwick, Phill Butler, John le Carré, Lee Child, Clayton M. Christensen, Agatha Christie, Broughton Coburn, Michael Collier, Michael Crichton, Ted Dekker, Arthur Conan Doyle, John Dunning, Elisabeth Elliot, Thomas Hale, Edward T. Hall, Steve Hawthorne, Ernest Hemingway, Tony Hillerman, E. Stanley Jones, Rudyard Kipling, Jon Krakauer, Gary Larson, George Lepp, John Lescroart, C. S. Lewis, Robert Ludlum, Gordon MacDonald, Rabindranath R. Maharaj, Steve McCurry, Donald Anderson McGavran, Geoffrey A. Moore, Greg Mortenson, Peter Morville, David Muench, Marc Muench, Charles B. Nordhoff, Patrick O'Brian, Sherry B. Ortner, Parker J. Palmer, Nancy Pearl, Cindy Perry, Elizabeth Peters, John Piper, Eliot Porter, Raja Rao, Don Richardson, 1935-, Al Ries, Bong Rin Ro, Galen Rowell, J. Oswald Sanders, Charles M. Schulz, Alex G Smith, National Geographic Society, John Steinbeck, Robert Louis Stevenson, Sarah Susanka, J. Maarten Troost, G. B. Trudeau, Marku Tsering, Edward R. Tufte, Mark Twain, C. Peter Wagner, Bill Watterson, Art Wolfe, Philip Yancey, Muhammad Yunus (Shared favorites)
VenuesFavorites | Visited
Favorite bookstoresBeach Books Inc., Blackwell's Oxford, Edmonds Bookshop, Pilgrims Book House, Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, Powell's City of Books (Portland), Powell's Technical Books, The Archives Bookshop, The Mountaineers Bookstore, Third Place Books, University Bookstore, Vroman's Bookstore, Wide World Books and Maps, William Carey Library Publishers
Favorite librariesBeaverton City Library, Charles E. Young Research Library (UCLA), Edmonds Library, Hillsboro Public Library - Main Library, Library of Congress, Nepal National Library, University of Washington - Suzzallo Library
Other favoritesSydney Opera House
Favorite publishersInformation Today, Inc., O'Reilly Media, Penguin Australia, RAND Corporation, Rocky Mountain Books, University of California Press, Zondervan
Favorite listsAmusing Book Titles, Best books about books, Classics you know you should have read but probably haven't, Favorite Childhood Books, Read the book and saw the movie, Sonlight Books
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Real nameScott David Anderson (Scott Anderson)
LocationBeaverton, Oregon, USA
Account typepublic, lifetime
Member sinceFeb 28, 2007
Currently readingEthnic Realities and the Church: Lessons from India by Donald Anderson McGavran
Everest: The West Ridge by Thomas F. Hornbein
Edge of the Earth, Corner of the Sky by Art Wolfe
Atlas of Remote Islands: Fifty Islands I Have Never Set Foot on and Never Will by Judith Schalansky
At Home with Books: How Booklovers Live with and Care for Their Libraries by Estelle Ellis