Job Posting: Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

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


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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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CoALL Member Erik Beck Named to the Depository Library Council

Davita Vance-Cooks, Director of the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) appointed Erik Beck, Digital Services Librarian, University of Colorado Law School (and CoALL webmaster) to the Depository Library Council (DLC).  DLC members serve three-year terms and advise the Director on policy matters relating to the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP).  The FDLP “was established by Congress to ensure that the American public has access to its Government information.”  As a new member, Erik “will help position the DLC and the FDLP for the GPO’s ongoing mission of Keeping America Informed.”

The full text of the GPO News Release is available here.

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Brown Bag: Tips for Researching Foreign and International Law

Hi everyone!

The April Brown Bag will feature Nick Harrell from CU and Karina Condra from DU with resources and tips for researching Foreign and International Law.  Holland & Hart will host, and webinar details will be made available soon, if you’d prefer to attend virtually.

When:  Wednesday, April 26, noon to 1 pm
Where:  Holland & Hart, with webinar access
555 17th St, 32nd Floor
Denver, 80202

Please RSVP to Abby Lindquist by Tuesday, April 25.  Thanks and hope to see you soon!

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2017 Membership Educational Grant Recipient: Sarah Felsen

Congratulations to Sarah Felsen, winner of the CoALL Membership Educational Grant. Sarah is a new Legal Research Attorney at the Colorado Supreme Court Library. Before coming to the Colorado Supreme Court Library, Sarah was a law clerk for the Honorable Ann Gail Meinster in Colorado’s First Judicial District and for the Honorable Gale T. Miller on the Colorado Court of Appeals, as well as a Program Manager for the State Court Administrator’s Office. Sarah holds a J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, as well as a Ph.D. in German Literature from UC Berkeley. While completing her dissertation, Sarah worked in the archives at the Center for Jewish History in New York City. Sarah plans to attend the Special Libraries Association Conference in June 2017 with the help of the CoALL funds. Please join me in welcoming Sarah to CoALL and law librarianship!

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Job Announcement: Law Library Fellow at CU Law Library

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:

 Possible Duties

  • 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 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
  • Knowledge of 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 repositories; or
  • Familiarity with MARC, Dublin Core, LC classification and LCSH standards.

Salary and Benefits

This position is a 12 month appointment; it pays $48,000 per year and includes benefits.  The anticipated start date will be July 1, 2017.

Application Instructions

Applications are due by March 27, 2017; 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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