Economics and the Periodicals Price Survey of 2018

Flat budgets, price increases, and a reliance on status journals for tenure and promotion keep familiar pressures on the serials marketplace. Sound familiar? Here is a Library Journal blog post about spending on and by some libraries.

New Ways to Search Congress.gov

Have you been wishing for some better ways to search on Congress.gov? Well your prayers have been answered.  Check out their recent blog post about the new ways to search on Congress.gov.

Oh No! Not MORE Amazon!

It looks like Amazon is getting into the peer-review business and they will even use AI to make sure the reviews are authentic.  Take a look.

The Other Side of the Coin?

Publishers Weekly has an interesting story about some big publishers and how 2017 treated them.  I admit I have never given much thought to how slow and/or flat sales might impact publishers.  Luckily someone can make me with just a blog post.

Congress.gov upgrades and the April Tip

More great enhancements from Congress.gov this month!

Check out this blog post describing how they have improved the sorting of search results and the continuing work on committee authority records.  This month’s tip is about printing a list of search results from Congress.gov. All this hard work on the website is probably why my students love it so much.

Bloomberg BNA Vendor Liaison Call Notes from 12/2017 and 3/2018

CRIV Liaison and Bloomberg BNA Semi-Annual Meeting

December 7, 2017 at 11:00 AM ET

Attendance and Introductions:

Present on the call were: Mike Bernier, Director of Library Relations, Bloomberg BNA; Kirstin Nelson, CRIV liaison; Kate Hagan, Executive Director, AALL.

New Bloomberg BNA Products, Policies, and Other Issues of Interest to AALL Members

New Branding for Product Lines

Mike Bernier discussed Bloomberg BNA’s four key product lines, noting that each is now branded to highlight the topical content. The four product lines are Bloomberg Law, Bloomberg Tax, Bloomberg Government, and Bloomberg Environment. These platforms provide legal, tax, compliance, government affairs, and government contracting professionals with critical information, practical guidance, and workflow solutions.

BNA Law Reports Platform Changes

Mr. Bernier highlighted platform changes to BNA Law Reports that started to launch in October 2017. The new platform allows for real-time updates, rather than a single daily news release. This upgrade gives the platform a newswire feel. Users now have access to more customized alert settings, including time of day for delivery, and other filters. The changes were first rolled out with the Environmental & Safety materials, with several notices going out to subscribers before the platform change. The next practice area to see the new platform will be Labor & Employment and Benefits & Compensation Law Reports. Users will have dual access to the old and new platforms for 60-days to allow time to adapt to the changes. The new platform is intended to consolidate BNA news materials into fewer overall titles, but will not reduce the overall coverage. BNA will assign new ISSN numbers and revise MARC records to reflect the changes.

Points of Law

In September 2017, Bloomberg BNA released Points of Law. This tool offers a streamlined option for case law research. Point of Law uses machine learning algorithms to comb court opinions and highlight language critical to a court’s reasoning and link this language to a related point of law.

Length-Of-Case Predictive Analytics

Bloomberg BNA’s Litigation Analytics tool can now compare how long judges typically take to resolve cases, as well as how long cases take to resolve in specific jurisdictions and across all federal district courts. This new functionality uses docket information to provide predictive analytics to help determine litigation strategy and estimate costs.

Docket Key

In October 2017, Bloomberg BNA introduced Docket Key, a proprietary system that identifies and classifies entries on a docket sheet. The product uses machine learning to target 20 categories, including motions, complaints, notices, briefs, and orders.

Requests for Assistance/Member Advocacy Issues

There were no member requests for assistance received since the last meeting.

Questions/Updates

Ms. Nelson inquired about a timeline for the BNA.com sunset. Bloomberg BNA responded that no date had been set.

Meeting ended at approximately 11:45 AM ET

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CRIV Liaison and Bloomberg BNA Semi-Annual Meeting Follow-up

March 12, 2018 at 2:00 PM ET

Present on the call were: Mike Bernier, Director of Library Relations, Bloomberg BNA; Kirstin Nelson, CRIV liaison; Rick Montella, Executive VP, Commercial Strategy, Bloomberg BNA.

Addendum

In January 2018 CRIV received a request for assistance from an AALL member seeking an update on the status of the BNA.com platform. In follow-up correspondence with Mike Bernier, a plan to sunset the platform was made after the December 2017 call. CRIV scheduled a follow-up teleconference to gather information. Greg McCaffery, Chief Executive Officer of Bloomberg BNA, released a Customer Communication in early 2018 describing changes to BNA.com that will take place over the remainder of the year.

Sunset of BNA.com

Bloomberg BNA has released a timeline for the sunset of the BNA.com platform. Bloomberg BNA will also decommission numerous print titles, but content will remain electronically available. Access to BNA.com will end as contracts come up for renewal, and subscribers may continue their BNA content by upgrading to Bloomberg Law, Bloomberg Tax, Bloomberg Government or Bloomberg Environment, or a portion thereof. Most print publications will cease in 2018, and will require a Bloomberg BNA subscription for electronic access. Bloomberg BNA is providing print subscribers five seats to the equivalent electronic content until the end of an existing contract. Tax Management, Corporate and Healthcare Portfolios will continue in print but a Bloomberg BNA electronic subscription will be required to receive the Tax Management print series only. . The ABA/BNA Lawyers’ Manual on Professional Conduct will continue in print format.

Please direct questions about BNA.com content and contracts to your account representative.

Meeting ended at approximately 2:25 PM ET

Docket analytics study finds women less likely to get a day in court

Oh, to be a television lawyer.  You take a case on Monday and by Tuesday morning you are in court making a speech to the judge about what justice demands.  Of course for real attorneys, a day actually in court is the exception not the rule. And if you happen to be a woman, your chances of making a court appearance drop precipitously.

This is the grim conclusion reached by Michael Sander, a former litigator, founder of Docket Alarm and now Director of Fastcase Analytics, after analyzing a large set of court dockets.  While some firms did better than others, on the whole women were exceedingly underrepresented in court appearances by major firms.

Read more about Michael’s effort here.