Apply for the AALL Annual Meeting Chapter Registration Grant

AALL is offering one free conference registration for their annual meeting to a newer member of our chapter.  The AALL annual meeting this year will be in Baltimore, MD July 14-17.  If you are a newer member to CoALL and are also a member of AALL, we encourage you to apply. 


Please submit the following to by 8 a.m. on Monday, May 7, 2018 to be considered for the free conference registration. 


  1. Name
  2. Number of years you’ve been a member of CoALL
  3. Are you a member of AALL?
  4. Position title
  5. Organization you work for
  6. How will you benefit from your attendance? 


The recipient will be asked to write a short report of their conference experience for the CoALL blog. 


The early bird registration price is $695 so this is an amazing opportunity! 

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Cancelled: Colleague Connection 2018

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 regrets to inform you that due to circumstances beyond our control Colleague Connection 2018 has been cancelled.  Refunds will be issued as soon as possible.  If you have any questions, please contact Holly Pinto at or Tammy Sayles at

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Colleague Connection 2018: Complex Challenges/Compelling Solutions

Thursday, April 26, 2018, 5:00-8:30pm
Ruffatto Hall/University of Denver
2080 S High Street
Denver, CO 80210

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

8:30pm Event concludes



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.

Making It Up As We Go Along: Creating and Building a Resilient Career

Librarians and information professionals are contending with a challenging environment in which traditional library job prospects are often dire and non-traditional jobs that don’t involve a “library” are springing up. Our job titles range from Chief Knowledge Officer to Data Stewardship Coordinator and Manager of Strategic Landscape Assessments. How do we keep our skills relevant, our value obvious and our attitude fresh in such a rapidly-changing career environment?

Two long-time info pros, Kim Dority of Dority & Associates and Mary Ellen Bates of Bates Information Services, bring their broad perspectives and lively presentation styles to address this question. Kim will focus on how to look at your career from a strategic perspective and build resiliency into your career plan. Mary Ellen will talk about building an intrapreneurial attitude and taking a new approach to communicating the value of information.


Dinner – $45.00

Dinner – (Students Only) – $35.00


Roasted Chicken Florentine – Crispy Sautéed Breast of Chicken topped with a creamy Spinach mixture and Mozzarella

Portobello Mushroom Napoleon – Portobello Mushroom layered with Zucchini, Spinach, Roasted Red and Yellow Peppers, Polenta and Mozzarella on Roasted Tomato Coulis


Registration link:

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Job Post: Electronic Services Librarian

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck has an opportunity for a skilled law librarian or new MLIS graduate to join our firm as an Electronic Services Librarian. We are seeking an individual who is passionate about the growing role technology plays within a law library, and who is confident in their skills to be in charge of all electronic aspects of our library.

This individual will hold many electronic services responsibilities, including but not limited to the following:

  • Managing the library intranet page and how it interacts with all facets of the firm-wide intranet; – Management of library subscriptions and updates, enhancements, and librarian/end user trainings associated with those subscriptions;
  • Cataloging to keep our online catalog current;
  • Developing and maintaining the e-book library collection;
  • Researching and recommending future e-service enhancements;
  • Assisting with development of documentation and training materials for library research and electronic resource instruction programs;
  • Gather, compile and maintain Library statistics;
  • Backing up reference research librarians when the need exists.

The successful candidate will possess a Master’s in Library Information Science degree and a minimum of 2-5 years of experience in a law firm setting. In lieu of law firm experience, a degree in computer science combined with the MLIS will be considered. We prefer candidates to have experience in cataloging as well as SharePoint and EOS Library software.

This is a wonderful opportunity to join an established and respected law library, and to make an immediate impact in a growing area of specialization within the department. If you are interested in joining our law firm, please send your resume to Colleen Wheeler, Staff Recruiting Manager, via email at

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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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