November 15 Brown Bag: Save the Day

Mary Arnold has coordinated with Bryan Cave attorney Ivan London to present on artificial intelligence in legal services.  He was on the AALL panel, “Deep Dive:  How Artificial Intelligence Will Transform the Delivery of Legal,” this summer.  Here is that program’s description: 


“Artificial intelligence (AI) is changing the way lawyers think, the way they do business, and the way they interact with clients. AI is more than legal technology; it will revolutionize the legal profession. Due to the disaggregation of legal tasks fueled by globalization, technological advances, and the economic downturn, AI is a new engine for “better, faster, cheaper” delivery of certain legal services. For example, several corporate legal departments, law firms, and service providers utilize AI for review and standardization of documents. The list of potential tasks for which AI can be used is growing rapidly. AI’s impact on the corporate end of the legal market is in its incipient stage, but its impact on efficiency, risk mitigation, and the time and cost of human review is significant.”


Ivan London will present on Wednesday, November 15 at Bryan Cave in Denver.  Details on off-site participation to come.  No need to RSVP now, but save the date! 

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Brown Bag: Annual Conference Wrap-Up

Let’s kick off this season’s Brown Bags with the annual conference wrap-up on Wednesday, October 4 at noon!


Where:  Holland & Hart, 555 17th Street, 32nd Floor to check in

*If you’d like to attend remotely, let me know, and I’ll provide details for calling.

RSVPEmail Abby by Oct. 3


Didn’t attend a conference this year?  Anne Lucke found this summary of the 2017 law library conferences, with links to additional coverage:

As another discussion point, Bryan Stevenson’s AALL keynote speech can be accessed here:


Stevenson, author of Just Mercy, also has a TED talk:


Hope to see you there!


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2016-2017 Annual Report

CoALL’s 2016-2017 Annual Report has been submitted to AALL and will be published in the Chapter Annual Reports section of AALLNET.  Annual reports are a public record of the activities of each AALL entity over the past year.  Reports are also distributed to members of the AALL Executive Board to help them monitor the progress being made toward the Association’s strategic directions.  A more detailed 2016-2017 Annual Report is available here.

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Job Posting: Business Development Research Specialist

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, a Denver based law firm of 250+ attorneys, is seeking a Business Development Research Specialist who holds their Masters degree in Library and Information Science and has experience from within a legal environment.  This role is responsible for researching and monitoring a wide variety of resources for the purposes of identifying potential business opportunities with clients and prospective clients, analyzing related matters using information research tools, and providing strategic and analytical support to identify business development opportunities and strengthen client relationships.

The Business Development Research Specialist will provide competitive intelligence research and analysis service for all research requests emanating from the Marketing Department, including both the Business Development and the Communications groups. The successful candidate will respond to direct requests from attorneys and policy advisors relating to business development projects and will assist library staff with business research. The incumbent will report to the Senior Director of Marketing & Business Development and will be based in Denver.


  • Conduct competitive intelligence, business strategy and in-depth business development research on targeted prospect companies, individuals and industries, using both external and internal databases and human sources.
  • Synthesize research findings in support of the firm’s business development initiatives and ensure the information is packaged in crisp, clear and compelling deliverables
  • Provide proactive monitoring and alerting using a variety of sources to identify potential prospects and trends in industries and customer segments of interest to the firm.
  • Stay educated and current in the use of the most relevant and appropriate proprietary databases that directly relate to targeted research initiatives
  • Provide regular status reports on competitive intelligence research activities and accomplishments to various stakeholders
  • Work with senior lateral hires and business development managers to set up competitive intelligence initiatives to support new practices
  • Collaborate with co-workers on projects such as developing an internal business development database, encouraging cross-selling among attorneys and policy advisors, and planning events and communications campaigns
  • Additional responsibilities as assigned



  • Ability to keep up with new competitive intelligence materials, changes in resources and techniques, and shifts in information demands
  • Resourcefulness in obtaining needed materials and information
  • Excellent interpersonal, presentation and competitive intelligence communication skills; ability to work constructively, efficiently, and proactively with attorneys and policy advisors, who have limited time for business development
  • Ability to analyze company information and data within the context of the firm’s expertise and business development plans
  • Ability to research and organize data in a concise manner and keep abreast of industries, global economic information, legal and geopolitical trends
  • Ability to consistently provide high-quality business development and competitive intelligence research service to a large group of demanding users in a fast-paced business environment.



  • MLIS required; JD and/or MBA preferred.
  • Minimum of five years of substantive research experience in a professional services firm or corporate library, with at least one year focusing on competitive intelligence and analysis
  • Knowledge of the legal services industry required; marketing and/or business development experience preferred
  • Proven ability to organize and manage a diverse range of business development and competitive intelligence projects and prioritize multiple tasks and projects
  • Advanced online research skills and knowledge of electronic and print business resources
  • Knowledge and experience conducting research using tools such as Lexis Advance, Capital IQ, MarketLine, MonitorSuite, Business Development Premier/ContactNet, LinkedIn, Leopard List, and other public and proprietary databases
  • Strong written communication skills and ability to analyze and present complex information
  • Ability to work effectively in a culturally and educationally diverse environment


Please send cover letter & resume to Colleen Wheeler, Staff Recruiting Manager, at

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Newly Elected 2017-2018 CoALL Board Members

Please help congratulate and thank our new incoming 2017-2018 CoALL Board for their service and dedication to this great organization.

In-coming President – Holly Pinto, Holland & Hart

Past President – Andrea Hamilton – Davis Graham & Stubbs

VP/President Elect – Deborah Hamilton, Pikes Peak Library District in Colorado Springs

Treasurer – Jane Thompson, William A. Wise Law Library, CU-Boulder

Secretary – Jill Rittersbacher, Davis Graham & Stubbs

Member at Large – Susan Nevelow Mart, William A. Wise Law Library, CU-Boulder

Member at Large – G. Patrick Flanagan, Baker & Hostetler

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2017 CoALL Travel Grants

On behalf of the Grants & Scholarships Committee, please join me in congratulating this year’s CoALL Grant winners, Nick Harrell and Jill Sturgeon.

Nick Harrell will receive 2017 Martha Keister Memorial Travel Grant in the amount of $400. Nick is the Student Services and Outreach Librarian at the William A. Wise Law Library at Colorado Law.  He plans to use the award to attend the AALL Annual Meeting where he is coordinating and moderating a program, C1 Social Media Use in Libraries.

Jill Sturgeon will receive the 2017 CoALL Student/Newer Member Grant in the about of $500. Jill is the Access Services Librarian at the William A Wise Law Library at Colorado Law. She will use the award to attend her first AALL Annual Meeting. Jill earned her MLIS from the University of Arizona where she served as a Law Library Fellow at the James E. Rogers College of Law. She is a new CoALL member, and she will be serving at the national level next year on the AALL Innovations in Technology Award Jury.

Congratulations to both of these deserving members!

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Registration is Open: 4th Annual Rocky Mountain Mini-Conference

Join us for the 4th Annual Rocky Mountain Mini-Conference sponsored by the Colorado Association of Law Libraries, the Colorado Association of Libraries New Professionals Interest Group, the University of Denver Library and Information Sciences Program and the Rocky Mountain Special Libraries Association. The registration fee includes admission to 4 sessions presented by local information professionals, as well as a lunch buffet.

Register here:

A big Thank You goes out to our sponsors, CLiC, Hollinger Metal Edge Inc., and the Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver.

Event Date: Friday, August 11, 2017, 9:00am to 3:30pm
Registration Close Date: Thursday, August 3, 2017
*Refunds will not be issued after registration closes.

Location: Katherine A. Ruffatto Hall, Morgridge College of Education, the University of Denver, 1999 E Evans Ave, Denver CO 80210

$20.00 Students
$30.00 Regular attendee

Pay using Paypal as a part of the registration process or send checks made out to RMSLA to Mary Arnold, 7266 Torrey St, Arvada, CO 80007

Parking: Hourly parking is available throughout the DU campus. See a map of parking locations here.

9:00 to 9:20 Registration

9:20-9:30 Introduction

9:30 to 10:30 Facilitating a Dialogue between People & Data: Lessons in Designing for Big Data presented by Danielle Albers Szfair, Assistant Professor from the Department of Information Science at the University of Colorado Boulder

Synopsis: Large collections of data can provide valuable insight into problems across a wide range of domains. However, this data is often inaccessible by itself–there is simply too much information for people to process. This talk explores how information visualization can combine design, cognition, and computation to make data more accessible to people, discussing visualization techniques and systems that allow people to take advantage of their own expertise and visual capabilities to make sense of data at scale. 

10:45 to 11:45 Creating a strategy using content and UX (User experience) presented by Kevin Trice, Web UX Specialist, Health Sciences Library, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus 

Synopsis: We will cover: The basics of Content and UX strategies. How to make your site more usable, creating a better experience.

11:45 to 1:15 Lunch (included in cost of registration) 

1:15 to 2:15 Combating the Prevalence of False Information

Synopsis: Featuring a panel of information professionals discussing false information in today’s world. The panel includes Andrew Calabrese, Professor, College of Media, Communication and Information, University of Colorado Boulder; Ross Mays, Denver Public Library; and Kent Willmann, Instructor, School of Education, University of Colorado Boulder.

2:30 to 3:30 Best Ways to Research LIS Career Paths (Regardless of What They May Be Called) presented by Kim Dority, President of Dority & Associates, Inc.

Synopsis: At some point in your career you may want to learn more about at least some of the hundreds of LIS career paths open to someone with your skills. But given the complete lack of standardization among what all the relevant jobs are likely to be called, how do you even get started? Join us as we discuss the top eight resources you can check out for current, reliable information on the LIS career path(s) that may be of interest to you and strategize how to navigate the language barrier!

3:30 Join us for happy hour at Fermaentra at 1715 East Evans Ave (only 1 block away)

Questions? Please contact Jen Abbott.

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Last Day to Register: Colleague Connection 2017

Colleague Connection 2017: Complex Challenges/Compelling Solutions

Colleague Connection is an annual continuing education event organized by the Colorado Association of Law Libraries (CoALL), Colorado Association of Libraries (CAL), Rocky Mountain Special Library Association (RMSLA), Colorado Council of Medical Librarians (CCML), and the University of Denver Library and Information Science program. The popular event brings together library students, paraprofessionals, librarians, library administrators, trustees, vendors, and friends of libraries from across the State for an evening of networking, learning, and community.

This year’s event, with featured speaker Deb Zell, is focused on Design Thinking – addressing complex challenges with compelling solutions. This interactive and engaging session will illustrate the methodology of Design Thinking to address actual library challenges/issues/problems submitted by attendees!  Design Thinking is used to solve complex issues – like how to make library services more appealing to users, or how to better understand your user’s library experience – by drawing on logic, imagination, intuition, and systemic reasoning.

Our speaker began her career in technology a decade ago. After launching a website for Charles Schwab which was a complete failure with users, Deb was puzzled by how she could follow the ‘right’ process (working with extremely smart engineers, talented designers, and lots of data) and fail so miserably.  She learned the answer and has spent the last eight years practicing Design Thinking and Human-Centered Design, working with both startups and Fortune 500 companies.

The event will be held at Ruffatto Hall on the University of Denver campus on Thursday, April 27, 2017, 5:00-8:30pm. A networking happy hour from 5:00-6:30pm is followed by dinner and the featured speaker.

Cost: $40.00. Please consider sponsoring student attendance at this event ($25 per student).


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