Rocky Mountain Mini-Conference

Held each summer, the Rocky Mountain Mini-Conference—sponsored by CoALL and the Rocky Mountain Special Libraries Association (RMSLA)—consists of educational programming conducted by local information professionals.

Previous sessions are as follows:

3rd Annual (2016)


  • 9:00 to 9:30 Registration
  • 9:30 to 10:30 “Leveraging Information Visualization to Advance Your Organizational Goals” presented by Joe Ryan, Research Visualization Engineer & Head of the Center of Statistics and Visualization at the University of Denver
    Synopsis: Coming Soon
  • 10:45 to 11:45 “Harvesting Insights from Social Media: A Super-Searcher’s Secrets” presented by Mary Ellen Bates, President and Founder of Bates Information Services
    Synopsis: Social media networks have become the new Internet of 2016, and social networks are gold mines of useful intelligence. In this session, Mary Ellen Bates provides the super-searcher skills to effectively mine social media while safeguarding your privacy.
  • 11:45 to 1:15 Lunch (included in cost of registration) followed by a tour of the Westminster Law Library hosted by Mark Popielarski, CoALL
  • 1:15 to 2:15 “Engaging Users & Colleagues”
    Synopsis:Featuring a panel of professionals that utilize social media and other communication platforms for professional conversation, outreach, and self-promotion.
  • 2:30 to 3:30 “The Voice of Government: Monitoring Federal Social Media, Press Releases and Government Issuances” presented by Chris Brown, Reference Technology Integration Librarian / Government Documents Librarian at the University of Denver
    Synopsis: We know how to track bills, get voting congressional voting records, how to locate obscure old documents, get public opinion polling – but what if we could follow what government leaders are thinking? What they are tweeting? What can we learn from a macro view of what is being published through press releases, reports, and regulations, to get a different view of Washington? These are among the topics that will be explored.

Co-Sponsors: Hollinger Metal Edge Inc. & Sturm College of Law


2nd Annual (2015)


  • 9:00 to 9:30 Registration
  • 9:30 to 10:30 Develop Your Competitive Intelligence Skills presented by Ellen Naylor, Primary Research Expert at the Business Intelligence Source, Inc.
    Synopsis: We will discuss what competitive intelligence (CI) is and dive into the various forms of CI: strategic, tactical, technical, counter-intelligence and bench-marking with examples of deliverables for each form. We will share some popular CI analytic tools such as SWOT, the BCG share of market matrix, and the radar screen and how to use them. The talk will conclude with the popular win/loss analysis tool, which provides a visible Return on Investment (ROI), and is the subject of a book Ellen is writing.
  • 10:45 to 11:45 Researching Private Companies presented by Esther Gil, Business & Economics Reference Librarian at the University of Denver
    Synopsis: Those who do company research are familiar with the immense amount of information and resources that are available on publicly-traded companies. They face a very different scenario when dealing with companies that are private. This session will present some strategies and identify free and commercial sources that can be used to conduct research on privately-held companies.
  • 11:45 to 1:15 Lunch (included in cost of registration)
  • 1:15 to 2:15 Ebook Acquisition Models in Academic, Public and Special Libraries
    Synopsis: A panel discussion including Jamie LaRue, CEO of LaRue & Associates; Michael Levine-Clark, Associate Dean for Scholarly Communication and Collections Services at University of Denver; Tami Sandberg, Library Manager at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory; and Scott Wasinger, EBSCO’s Vice President of eBook Innovation. The panel will be moderated by Jen Abbott, RMSLA President-elect.
  • 2:30 to 3:30 Personal Websites for Professional Branding presented by Vivienne Houghton, Senior Instructor and Web Services Librarian at the Health Sciences Library on University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Campus
    Synopsis: According to Workfolio, 56% of all hiring managers are more impressed by a candidate’s personal website than any other personal branding tool. Then why do only 7% of all job seekers have a personal website?

This session will teach you how a personal website can help you:

  • Manage your professional online presence
  • Showcase your portfolio
  • Market your skills
  • Develop your personal branding

Co-sponsor: CAL NPIG