CRIV/Bloomberg BNA Semiannual Call

The semi-annual phone call with Bloomberg BNA took place on November 23, 2015. As this was my first call as CRIV Liaison to Bloomberg BNA (BBNA), I wanted a status report on several topics mentioned in Margie Maes’ Vendor Liaison reports: Vendor supplied records, usage statistics, and the 2014 re-organization. In response to my question concerning vendor supplied records, Michael Bernier reiterated that BBNA remains committed to providing free MARC records to the library community and has been responsive to librarian comments regarding their records. At this time, available records include 859 for BBNA products (http://www.bna.com/marc-catalog-records-m17179934026/) and 556 records for Bloomberg Law materials (http://www.bna.com/marc-records-bloomberg-m17179934017/).

BBNA provides, for law school users only, quarterly usage reports by law school packages on the Bloomberg BNA platform including statistics for page views, number of hits, and e-mail summaries sent. If a law school customer does not currently receive these statistics, they should contact their academic BBNA representative. The Bloomberg Law Help Desk can activate client matter billing on Bloomberg Law that allows law firms to track usage by client matter. Lastly, Michael Bernier confirmed that the 2014 reorganization is complete and no new reorganizations are on the horizon. The only upcoming change is that more engagement representatives are being added to the law firm and government markets so that more law firm and government clients may receive training on BBNA resources.

Michael Bernier provided updates on BBNA’s current products and the company’s focus for the immediate future. They are launching vertical slices of Bloomberg Law. This will mean that subscribers will be able to purchase specific libraries of content in areas such as privacy and data security or banking and corporate transactions. Academic customers will still receive access to all content, but other library types will be able to purchase specific content to satisfy the needs of their practice groups.

Other areas of development for BBNA will be a focus on analytics and more specifically law firm representation analytics including which firms represented which company for certain types of lawsuits. In 2016, more analytical tools are expected.

As there are no outstanding member advocacy issues with BBNA, this concluded the agenda for this call. Our next call will be scheduled for late May/early June 2016, however, should a member advocacy request arise, we will speak sooner.

Respectfully submitted by: Diana Jaque

Blog Roundup: May 12 – May 19

Over at Law Librarians Blog, Mark Giangrande reported on his recent experiences searching case law on Google Scholar, coming away with a better impression than his earlier forays.

Jean O’Grady spent some time looking into the new Bloomberg Law: Corporate Transactions product, including an evaluation of how it fits into Bloomberg BNA’s overall business strategy.

Lisa Solomon took a (skeptical) look at the “Legal Professional Community” from Thomson Reuters. You can watch a video about this social network targeting small firms here.

Interview With New Bloomberg BNA President David Perla

Over at Dewey B Strategic, Jean O’Grady has an interview with David Perla. The new president of Bloomberg BNA discusses his ideas for how his products fit in with law firms and in-house counsel. Read the full interview here.

New issue of The CRIV Sheet is out!

The May issue of The CRIV Sheet is now online. http://www.aallnet.org/main-menu/Publications/spectrum/vol-17/No-7/criv.pdf

Contents:

“A Law Librarian in Vendor’s Clothing, or Things I Learned While Working for a Legal Publisher” by Pauline Afuso, Washington County Law Library

“Bloomberg Law and the Quest for Parity” by Lee Sims, Rutgers-Newark Law Library

“Journal Bundles and the Plight of NonLaw Academic Libraries” by David Hollander, Princeton University Library

Congratulations to Bloomberg Law 2012 AALL New Product Award Winner

Bloomberg Law is the 2012 recipient of the AALL New Product Award.  The award is given to a commercial product that is less than two years old that improves law library procedures or services.  Bloomberg Law received the award at the AALL Annual Meeting in Boston.  Congratulations!

 

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