Job Post: Law Library Fellowship for 2018/2019

The University of Colorado Law School’s William A. Wise Law Library is seeking an innovative, enthusiastic, and service-driven individual to serve as a Law Library Fellow/Lecturer to help us in shaping services and collections for 21st century learners, educators, and scholars. The Wise Law Library is a state-of-the-art facility that houses the largest collection of legal materials in Colorado. The Law Library supports the vision of the law school: A supportive and diverse community of scholars and students in a place that inspires vigorous pursuit of ideas, critical analysis, and civic engagement in order to advance the rule of law in an open, sustainable society.

Our law library is engaged in developing new services, methods of access, and innovative pedagogy to meet the needs of current and future legal researchers. This fellowship provides an opportunity for a recent library and/or law school graduate to fully participate in those endeavors. This one-year fellowship will serve as a foundational experience for a new law librarian to start his or her career. You can find out more information about the law library fellow here:

• Provide reference services in both traditional and online environments;
• Assist librarians with class preparation and teaching, including developing assignments and exercises;
• Utilize technology tools to enhance learning in the classroom;
• Participate in teaching classes and providing other research instruction; Create or revise online research and subject resource guides;
• Create content for the library’s online presence (e.g., website, blog, other social media);
• Staff the library’s circulation desk;
• Assist with website redesign, web applications, or with the library’s digital repositories; or
• Assist with the creation of metadata using various schemas; database maintenance; and collection development.

• MLS, MSLIS, MSIS, or equivalent degree from an American Library Association-accredited library program, or J.D. degree from an American Bar Association-accredited law school with a serious interest in pursuing a career in law librarianship;
• Ability to solve problems;
• Excellent communication, organization, and interpersonal skills;
• Ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines;
• Service-oriented, friendly;
• Detail-oriented, creative, flexible, and able to work as a member of a team; and
• Experience using Microsoft Office applications.

• Familiarity with legal resources;
• Reference desk, help desk, or other customer service experience;
• Teaching, training, or other instruction experience;
• Experience using technology tools for teaching, presentations, or website content creation;
• Experience managing social media for a group or organization;
• Knowledge of integrated library systems, especially Innovative Interfaces, Inc. and discovery platforms;
• Familiarity searching, creating, and maintaining digital asset management systems like Digital Commons, Islandora, Dspace, etc.; or
• Familiarity with MARC, LC classification and LCSH standards.


This position is a 12 month appointment; it pays $48,000 per year and includes benefits. The anticipated start date will be July 1, 2018.


Applications are due by March 21, 2018; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Applicants should submit the following application materials to Lisa Schultz by email to

• Cover letter with a detailed statement of qualifications and interest;
• Résumé;
• Unofficial Transcripts; and
• Three reference names and contact information.

Please direct any questions about the position to:

Lisa Schultz, Instructional Services and Research Librarian
William A. Wise Law Library
University of Colorado Law School
402 UCB, 2450 Kittredge Loop Dr.
Boulder, CO 80309-0402
Phone: 303-735-1867 Fax: 303-492-2707

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Molly Otto Announces Retirement

Hello CoALL colleagues,

Well, after almost 18 years as the Colorado Joint Legislative Librarian, I am retiring at the end of the month. I truly appreciate the assistance you have given me over the years. You are a great group of professionals, and I wish you the best for the future.

Molly Otto
Manager of Library Services
Colorado Joint Legislative Library

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Reminder: November 15th Brownbag

Remember to RSVP with Abby Lindquist ( if you plan to attend the November 15 Brown bag on Artificial Intelligence. 

When: Noon to 1pm
Where: Bryan Cave, 1700 Lincoln Street, Suite 4100, Denver, 80203-4541

The folks at Bryan Cave wrote a nice description of the event on their website:

Denver Associate Ivan London will present Nov. 15 on artificial intelligence in legal services in Bryan Cave’s Denver office. The presentation will be held as part of the Colorado Association of Law Libraries’ Brown Bag events.

His presentation, “Understanding AI’s Impact on the Business of Law,” will provide insight into the potential role of artificial intelligence in legal services, challenges law firms might face, the need for innovation and the many uses for AI.

London’s practice covers a wide range of legal and regulatory issues, with a focus on energy, environmental and other natural-resource matters. He has litigated disputes in civil and administrative settings, defended government enforcement proceedings and investigations, and has helped clients participate in the administrative rulemaking process and conduct compliance audits and internal investigations. London is also a member of Bryan Cave’s TechX, which is a group of Bryan Cave’s forward-thinking attorneys and other professionals designed to grow Bryan Cave’s industry-leading legal technology awareness, depth and experience.

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Not Quite Biannual Meeting Between Firm Librarians & Academic Librarians

Come join us for a meeting of the firm and academic librarians.  Both Susan Nevelow Mart from University of Colorado Law library and Catherine Dunn from University of Denver Law library will be in attendance. 

When: Thursday, November 16th 

Time: 4-6pm

Where:  Holland & Hart LLP
               555 17th Street Suite 3200
                Denver, CO 80202

Light snacks, wine and soda will be available.

RSVP to Holly Pinto by Tuesday, November 14th.



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Karen Selden Elected to AALL Executive Board!

That’s Karen on the left, accepting on behalf of CoALL the 2008 AALL Award for Chapter Professional Development

Congratulations to our very own Karen Selden on her election to the AALL Executive Board!

This honor couldn’t have gone to a more deserving individual. Karen has a long record of service to AALL. Heck, she was even President of CoALL way back when.

Karen will serve a three year term on the Board, from 2018 to 2021, during which time she will undoubtedly represent law librarianship in Colorado in the best possible light. Here’s to an illustrious tenure in the big show, Karen. Go make us proud!

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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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