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David Connolly
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Attended University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
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The Choose Your Own Apple Watch Giveaway - Claim Your Chance to Win Whichever Apple Watch You Want
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If I might toot my horn for a moment...

Today we had the service anniversary awards at MPOW. It's always nice to see how your co-workers describe you (at least in public!). Thanks for the kind words, guys!
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+Kellie Moran hi!
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Job search article from this month's American Libraries magazine, featuring advice from yours truly!
 
“'Don’t just give job descriptions: Document your contributions and prove your value.'” Highlight specific projects, activities, and results. Also, make certain you spotlight transferable skills such as customer service, project management, or supervision."
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Event Internet pricing is really putting associations in a bind. On one side we have members/attendees pushing for more and more on-site connectivity, as well as those who can't make it wanting more virtual options to actively participate in meetings and watch speakers/programs in realtime. OF COURSE they don't think it should be very difficult or expensive to add wi-fi, after all it's offered for free all over the place, right? But on the other side, we have this:
You’re paying too much for your event’s Internet connectivity: Here’s what’s behind the deceptive pricing.
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This one's for +Jenny Levine, as she kicks and screams.
 
UNDERSTANDING GOOGLE+ v2.0

Ok, so this is the second version of Understanding Google+ and it should be very useful for all the newbies. I would've also added: "Want to see influencers and statistics? -> View Ripples", but there's no more space for that.

Feel free to share it to help everyone and give me some feedback on the original post:
https://plus.google.com/106393478695568433143/posts/bXh4UpWh3Kc

Background source: http://thedeleteduser.deviantart.com by +Gahan Raj
Other useful posts: #gvgpUseful
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This boggles my mind, but I'm going to study it closely. Thanks, David!
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Thanks to my wonderful friends Gary & Maureen and +Stephen Pearlman & +Mark Towns for their donations to support this worthy cause!

Before you get your fun on this holiday weekend, why don't you make a small (or large, I'm not picky!) charitable donation first? Your heart will thank you for it!
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For those of you who loved "Bonjour, Girl!" (aka "Hey, Gurl!" http://youtu.be/pcuI6K9daIw), I'm pleased to share the latest from the terrific Micah McCain!
 
ALL NEW Disney Parody! Hope you enjoy it!
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In case you want to watch a library job search Web chat hosted by me...Well, here you go!

"Landing Your Ideal Library Job" - American Libraries Live 1/10/13
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States that tend to vote more conservatively also have a higher tendency to collect more in federal spending than they pay in federal taxes. Interesting, that.

www.economist.com/blogs/dailychart/2011/08/americas-fiscal-union
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Amen!
 
Spread the word! It's educating your communities and your school and local officials about exactly this that leads to library funding and job stability and growth. You get to do the good work you yearn to do, and your community is all the richer for it!

"...Libraries are not frills. They are not luxuries, but a sacred component of American education and American democracy."
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I'm such a sucker for a story like this. Makes me feel good.
 
A sweet lesson on patience.

A NYC Taxi driver wrote:

I arrived at the address and honked the horn. After waiting a few minutes I honked again. Since this was going to be my last ride of my shift I thought about just driving away, but instead I put the car in park and walked up to the door and knocked.. 'Just a minute', answered a frail, elderly voice. I could hear something being dragged across the floor.

After a long pause, the door opened. A small woman in her 90's stood before me. She was wearing a print dress and a pillbox hat with a veil pinned on it, like somebody out of a 1940's movie.

By her side was a small nylon suitcase. The apartment looked as if no one had lived in it for years. All the furniture was covered with sheets.

There were no clocks on the walls, no knickknacks or utensils on the counters. In the corner was a cardboard
box filled with photos and glassware.

'Would you carry my bag out to the car?' she said. I took the suitcase to the cab, then returned to assist the woman.

She took my arm and we walked slowly toward the curb.

She kept thanking me for my kindness. 'It's nothing', I told her.. 'I just try to treat my passengers the way I would want my mother to be treated.'

'Oh, you're such a good boy, she said. When we got in the cab, she gave me an address and then asked, 'Could you drive
through downtown?'

'It's not the shortest way,' I answered quickly..

'Oh, I don't mind,' she said. 'I'm in no hurry. I'm on my way to a hospice.

I looked in the rear-view mirror. Her eyes were glistening. 'I don't have any family left,' she continued in a soft voice..'The doctor says I don't have very long.' I quietly reached over and shut off the meter.

'What route would you like me to take?' I asked.

For the next two hours, we drove through the city. She showed me the building where she had once worked as an elevator operator.

We drove through the neighborhood where she and her husband had lived when they were newlyweds She had me pull up in front of a furniture warehouse that had once been a ballroom where she had gone dancing as a girl.

Sometimes she'd ask me to slow in front of a particular building or corner and would sit staring into the darkness, saying nothing.

As the first hint of sun was creasing the horizon, she suddenly said, 'I'm tired.Let's go now'.
We drove in silence to the address she had given me. It was a low building, like a small convalescent home, with a driveway that passed under a portico.

Two orderlies came out to the cab as soon as we pulled up. They were solicitous and intent, watching her every move.
They must have been expecting her.

I opened the trunk and took the small suitcase to the door. The woman was already seated in a wheelchair.

'How much do I owe you?' She asked, reaching into her purse.

'Nothing,' I said

'You have to make a living,' she answered.

'There are other passengers,' I responded.

Almost without thinking, I bent and gave her a hug.She held onto me tightly.

'You gave an old woman a little moment of joy,' she said. 'Thank you.'

I squeezed her hand, and then walked into the dim morning light.. Behind me, a door shut.It was the sound of the closing of a life..

I didn't pick up any more passengers that shift. I drove aimlessly lost in thought. For the rest of that day,I could hardly talk.What if that woman had gotten an angry driver,or one who was impatient to end his shift? What if I had refused to take the run, or had honked once, then driven away?

On a quick review, I don't think that I have done anything more important in my life.

We're conditioned to think that our lives revolve around great moments.

But great moments often catch us unaware-beautifully wrapped in what others may consider a small one.

(Thanks for sharing +Damien Basile)
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Beautiful. Thank you for sharing such a lovely post. What a better world this would be if we all treated others with such compassion.
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