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

New GPO Style Manual

The Government Publishing Office has released the 31st edition of the GPO Style Manual. The manual, last revised in 2008, is the guide to the style and form of federal government printing and publishing. The new edition includes guidance describing GPO digital initiatives and new technologies, along with many other updates.

80 Years of ACLU Files

Gale, A Cengage Company, recently released American Civil Liberties Union Papers, 1912-1990 as part of their Making of Modern Law collection. Drawing from the records of the ACLU, it focuses on civil rights, race, gender, and issues relating to the U.S. Supreme Court. The digital collection contains more than 2 million pages.

 

Using Vendors to Identify Fake News

Whether you are compiling news articles for a partner at a law firm or assisting a judge or professor gain background knowledge on a current issue, identifying “fake news” is now a critical step in the research process. In a recent blog post, HeinOnline published an overview of resources and tools that are useful for fact-checking news stories.

Listen to This

Keeping up with legal news and building subject area expertise are challenging for librarians, attorneys, professors, and students. ModioLegal works to make this easier. ModioLegal records legal news and provides access via a high-quality, proprietary platform that can be played back on devices such car audio systems, mobile or home devices. This service allows users to multitask by listening to current awareness content while commuting, traveling, exercising, or even grabbing lunch.

News content is recorded by law school students in a natural speaking voice to provide a higher level of comprehension than a computer-generated narration. Students also gain legal verbal communication practice and possible name recognition (student narrators provide their name, school and year of graduation at the beginning of each recording).

ModioLegal is currently negotiating agreements to add additional content and plans to expand its presence in academia by providing discounted access to law schools.

Increased Access to CRS Reports

EveryCRSReport.com provides access to every currently loaded CRS report in Congress’s internal website. The site contains over 8,200 reports, but this changes as reports are added or updated. Each report includes a revision history that reflects changes over time.

The site offers topical browsing, keyword searching, email alerts, and RSS feed capabilities.

EveryCRSReport.com is a joint effort between Demand Progress and Congressional Data Coalition.

Intelligize to Lexis

Last month Lexis announced their intention to acquire privately-held Intelligize, Inc.  This move will provide Lexis users additional tools for Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) research. In 2013, Lexis acquired Securities Mosaic and integrated it into the Lexis platform. The combination of Lexis Securities Mosaic and Intelligize will create a robust securities and M&A research tool.