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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CoALL Holiday Party in the Bag

We had a wonderful gathering at the University of Colorado Law School for the CoALL holiday party. The two month delay didn’t hurt a thing. Attendees caught up on old times while sampled a half dozen different varieties of Susan Nevelow Mart’s famous wine. The Association honored Mariann Storck with a life time membership and thanked past presidents Mark Popielarski and Chris Hudson. Thanks to everyone who braved Hwy 36 on a cold February evening to share some collegial warmth.

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Job Announcement: Research Analyst at Dentons in Denver

For more information, please contact Joseph Ehrlich, Recruiter at Dentons, at

Apply here:


Dentons US LLP is an AmLaw 100 law firm with more than 900 lawyers in the United States. The firm is seeking a full-time Research Analyst for the Denver office. This position manages the Denver office collection and performs in-depth legal research, and other legal, business and competitive intelligence research support as needed to support the lawyers, paralegals and other staff.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
• Provide complex business and legal research services to the firm’s lawyers and staff as part of the firm-wide research team.
• Manage the operation and collection of the Denver library.
• Assist lawyers, professionals and support staff in conducting research using online and other research materials and technologies available at the Firm.
• Prepare alerts and resource awareness communications for internal clients.
• Conduct orientations regarding research services procedures and uses for new personnel.
• Share expertise, resources awareness and service delivery best practices and innovation concepts with Department peers.
• Support information access and decision making tools analysis, design, implementation and support initiatives of the Firm’s Knowledge Management Department.
• Log research and other productive time in the Firm’s research tracking and knowledge base system.
• Supervise library filer.
• Other projects and duties as assigned.

• 3+ years of research and analysis experience in a law firm, professional services or corporate law firm research environment.
• Masters of Library Science degree, J.D., or equivalent professional experience.
• Experience with Government Contract research and resources is highly desirable.
• Knowledge of standard legal research sources both in print and online.
• Strong client and team interpersonal and consensus generating collaboration skills.
• Excellent oral and written communications skills.
• Ability to manage multiple assignments simultaneously, perform under tight time deadlines and flexibly adjust to changing priorities.

Closing Statement
Dentons offers a competitive salary and benefits package.

~~~We are an Equal Opportunity Employer of Individuals with Disabilities and Protected Veterans. We are an Affirmative Action Employer~~~

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CoALL Holiday Party Postponed!

Sorry to say, friends, but the CoALL Holiday Party, which was scheduled for 5:30pm on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at the University of Colorado Law School, has been postponed. The weather tomorrow evening is supposed to be snowy and cold, and travel to Boulder will likely be difficult.

The CoALL Executive Board has yet to name a new date for the event but is looking to reschedule for early in the New Year.

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