Colleague Connection

Colleague Connection is held each spring to encourage networking and learning among students, paraprofessional state, librarians, archivists, trustees, and friends of libraries.

All area information professionals are invited to join the event.

Participating organizations include:

  • Colorado Association of Libraries (CAL)
  • Colorado Association of Law Libraries (CoALL)
  • Colorado Council of Medical Librarians (CCML)
  • Rocky Mountain Special Libraries Association (RMSLA)
  • Society of Rocky Mountain Archivists (SRMA)
  • University of Denver Library and Information Science Program

Previous sessions are as follows:

2016 – Predatory Publishers, Academic Libraries, and the Future of Scholarly Communication

5:00pm – 8:30pm
5:00 – 6:15 Reception & Vendor Fair
6:15 – 7:20 Introduction and Dinner
7:20 – 8:30 Speaker and Q&A Session

Speaker: Jeffrey Beall, Scholarly Communications Librarian & Associate Professor, Auraria Library, University of Colorado Denver

Think you know open-access? Think again. Most of the information about scholarly open-access publishing comes from open-access advocates who only tell one side of the story. At this talk, you’ll hear the other side of the story, the secrets about open-access the cheerleaders don’t want you to hear.


2015 – But What If They Printed THAT? The Ethical Implications of User-Created Content

5:00pm – 8:30pm

Speaker: Martin Garnar, Reference Services Librarian and Professor of Library Science, Dayton Memorial Library, Regis University

3D printers are a popular component of library makerspaces.  They embody the principles of creativity and autonomy, allowing anyone with the necessary knowledge to make useful, tangible items with a minimum of supplies and assistance.  But what happens when someone wants to print components for a gun or other controversial items? Just how much freedom should our users have when it comes to creating content using our facilities?  Join us for wide-ranging discussion of the ethical implications of providing 3D printers, other creative tools, and interactive technology in our libraries.


2014 – Advocacy and Libraries

5:00pm – 8:30pm
5:00 – 6:30 Reception and Vendor Fair
6:30 – 7:30 Dinner
7:30 – 8:30 Moderated Panel Discussion

Panelists: Senator Pat Steadman, Colorado State Senator from District 31 and Chair of the Joint Budget Committee in 2014 Jamie LaRue, Independent Writer, Speaker, and Consultant, and past Director of Douglas County Libraries David Sanger, Director of Library Services at Denver Public Schools and Co-Chair of the CAL Legislative Committee

Moderator: Eugene (Gene) Hainer, Colorado State Librarian & Assistant Commissioner of the Colorado Department of Education

Advocacy is vital in the changing landscape of libraries. But what goes into successful advocacy and how can libraries best advocate for themselves? Panelists will share stories of advocacy efforts they have been involved with, discuss dos and don’ts, and give their unique perspectives as a legislator, a public libraries leader, and a school libraries leader. They will also discuss the State Grants to Libraries Act, which was created to help publicly-supported libraries obtain educational resources they otherwise could not afford. The Act was funded in 2013, but before that it had not been funded since 2002. The panel will also take questions from the audience. Come learn about advocacy from the local experts and leave with the knowledge and resources to become an effective advocate for your library!