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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).


Questions: please contact Dana Abbey at or 303-724-2110.


Just a reminder that Porter Hospital is  hosting the MLA webinar Finding Grey Lit for Systematic Reviews: Can It Be More Black and White?. We’ll be holding the live viewing at Porter Adventist Hospital on March 22, 2017 at noon in the Eagle conference room. Can’t make it? The webinar will be available for remote viewing the following Monday.

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Colleague Connection 2014: Advocacy and Libraries

Please join CAL, CCML, CoALL, RMSLA, SRMA and our panel of distinguished guests for an open discussion of advocacy and libraries.  REGISTER NOW!

Date: April 23, 2014

Time: 5:00pm – 8:30pm

5:00 – 6:30 Reception and Vendor Fair

6:30 – 7:30 Dinner

7:30 – 8:30 Moderated Panel Discussion


  • 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!

For more information and to register, please visit

Links to Other Educational Opportunities

LEO (Library Education Opportunities) provides a Continuing Education Calendar for Colorado Libraries.

CLIC (Colorado Library Consortium) offers workshops workshops and teleconferences, and has also provided a directory of online opportunities for library related continuing education.

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