Bloomberg BNA Semi-Annual Phone Meeting
June 9, 2016
I. Present on call:
Mike Bernier: Director of Library Relations, BBNA
Joe Breda: Executive Vice President for Product, BBNA
Kate Hagan: Executive Director, AALL
Diana Jaque, CRIV Liaison to BBNA
Rick Montella, Executive Vice President for Commercial Operations, BBNA
II. Scheduling of Future Calls:
Our next call will be in late 2016 with the 2016/17 CRIV BBNA Liaison.
III. New Bloomberg BNA Products, Policies, and Other Issues of Interest to AALL Members:
There are some exciting new products launching within the next month and substantial enhancements coming this fall!
A new vertical focusing on Tax is coming to Bloomberg Law. It will include a new user interface that was developed after numerous interviews with users and incorporates the results from eye tracking studies. Content will include the Tax Management Portfolios as well as federal and state primary law as well as the complete library of tax content currently available on BNA.com. In addition, the resource consists of historical versions of the tax code back to 1913 as well as a comprehensive collection of agency materials and approximately 15,000 international tax treaty documents. This tax resource has been built as a vertical and is available for sale as a stand-alone product, but will be included in Bloomberg Law subscriptions as well at no additional charge.
In addition, Bloomberg BNA is revamping their Labor and Employment Practice Center on Bloomberg Law and making its content more robust. This fall, all content from the Labor and Employment Law Resource Center will appear on Bloomberg Law as well as additional local labor ordinances and public employee resources.
The Business Development Center on Bloomberg Law is being streamlined and users will be able to build customized dashboards and populate it with widgets covering news, dockets, deals and more. Dashboards can be published and shared firmwide.
Within representation analytics, they also have introduced a jurisdiction view. By the end of the year, judicial analytics will also be available and users will be able to see how judges rule on certain types of motions and, for example, to see how long matters are pending before a particular judge.
IV. Updates from AALL:
Kate Hagan: Summary of recent and upcoming AALL activities.
Most AALL staff members are busy at this time with preparations for the AALL Annual Meeting. The good news is that we are already ahead of the attendee numbers for the past three years. The headquarters hotel is already sold out, but two nearby hotels have been added. Thanks to BBNA for their support of the annual meeting.
“Defining Value: Law Library Best Practices” is an AALL digital publication that is now under production, to be released in the fall of 2016.
AALL is currently recruiting for a Manager, Content Strategy, and is in the interview process now.
V. Requests for Assistance/Member Advocacy Issues: 12/1/15-present:
There were no requests for assistance or member advocacy issues with BBNA since our last phone call.
A. BNA.com: Any plans to sunset?
At this point, most development efforts are focused on Bloomberg Law. The creation of Bloomberg Law verticals continues in different practice areas and allows end users to buy just the material that meets a practice group’s needs. As time goes on, there will be a content gap between the legacy BNA.com legal products and the Bloomberg Law platform. There is no date given for sunsetting BNA.com. Content will be also be available on dual platforms for enough time for users to be adequately trained on the new platform with significant notice to all affected parties. Subscribers to Bloomberg BNA’s Privacy and Data Security Resource Center Law who renew after September 1 will receive Bloomberg Law: Privacy and Data Security as part of their subscription with dual access for a time to be determined. The CRIV liaison strongly encouraged that BBNA users be given at least one year’s notice prior to sunsetting BNA.com.
B. Revisiting: MARC records:
The Vendor-Supplied Records Advisory Working Group for TS-SIS has a page concerning the MARC records supplied by BBNA. BBNA will contact VRAG if content needs to be updated.
C. Revisiting: Usage Statistics:
Ashley Moye has compiled a web page listing how to access usage reports for existing legal databases. BBNA to contact Ashley to make corrections as both Bloomberg BNA and BNA are listed.
VII. CRIV Roundtable:
Just a reminder that the CRIV Roundtable will be held on Sunday July 17th at 5:15-6:15 PM in the Hyatt Acapulco room. Topic is still to be announced, but it will focus on the Vendor’s design process for new electronic products.