Bloomberg Law Update for Law Librarians

August 31, 2021

What’s New

Dockets Coverage Page

Looking for dockets for a particular court? The new Dockets Coverage & Outages page contains the name and jurisdiction of courts, the number of dockets and free pleadings available for a court and coverage dates. While dockets are available for most courts, in an effort to be as transparent as possible, outages are carefully noted.

Users can drill down by Territory, Jurisdiction, State, Court Type, and Docket Status. After selecting the courts of most interest, you can export a list to a spreadsheet. Dockets coverage is updated frequently throughout the day.

To check out this new feature, simply type ‘dockets coverage’ into the Bloomberg Law search bar and click on the auto-suggest term. The page is also available under the ‘Litigation’ drop-down menu (located under the Search Bar). If you have any questions, please contact your Client Success Partner or the Bloomberg Law Help Desk.

Library Resource Page Template

To help you make attorneys aware of the resources at their fingertips, we created a template that you can post on your library webpage to help users know of all the resources available to them as part of your Bloomberg Law subscription. It provides links to and helpful overviews of practice centers, tools, news sources, and help pages. Use it to build or update your library’s research guides, database pages, or A-to-Z lists.

From the table of contents, identify the coverage areas relevant to your firm’s practices and copy the summaries and links onto your library resources web page. Our team will send you new entries and instructions for where to add references to new content and tools when they are released to ensure your page remains current. Full revised versions will also be available.

You can download this Library Resource Page Template from Google Docs. If you have any questions, please contact your Client Success Partner.


Highlights From AALL 2021

Bloomberg Law’s Mindy Rattan (pictured top left) leading a discussion on Ethics of Using Advanced Technology in Legal Research.

Bloomberg Law showcased its latest content and features as a silver-level sponsor at the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) annual meeting, held from July 19 to July 23. Our ‘What’s New: AALL 2021’ brochure highlights Bloomberg Law’s new products and content, specifically with the needs of law librarians in mind.

Bloomberg Law Analysis Team Leads moderated two panel discussions. Mindy Rattan led a discussion titled ‘Ethics of Using Advanced Technology in Legal Research.’ The panel included Darla Jackson (University of Oklahoma Law Library), Catherine Sanders Reach (North Carolina Bar Association), and Dan Linna (Northwestern Pritzker School of Law & McCormick School of Engineering). The ethics of AI and assumptions behind these tools led to an interesting discussion.

Team Lead Amanda Allen moderated an on-demand session titled ‘Cyber Hygiene: Practicing Safer Law,’ which addressed cyber hygiene best practices and what organizations need to consider to keep their data safe. Panelists included Bryan Hurd (Aon Cyber Solutions/Stroz Friedberg), Maureen Kelly (Northrop Grumman), and Stephen Wu (Silicon Valley Law Group). Horror stories of data breaches were coupled with tips on keeping data safe, from following retention/non-retention policies to carefully developing a taxonomy of content on the servers to help identify what is breached when breaches occur.

On the lighter side, Bloomberg Law hosted a virtual pre-conference social hour for PLLIP (Private Law Librarians & Information Professionals) on July 16, including entertainment. At the virtual booth, attendees also participated in raffle prizes, happy hours, trivia, crossword puzzles and caricature drawing sponsored by Bloomberg Law.

If you missed Bloomberg Law’s product demonstrations or have any questions, please contact your Client Service Partner.


Bloomberg Law MARC Record Archive

Did you miss a Bloomberg Law cataloging record update? No problem! All record files from past updates are archived and available on the ‘Bloomberg Law New and Revised MARC Records Archive’ page. Simply follow the instructions in the archived update memos, which are available in PDF format at the bottom of the ‘Bloomberg Law MARC Records’ page.

A new update of cataloging records is tentatively planned for September 2021. This update will feature new and revised records for Tax Management Portfolios, Accounting Policy & Practice Portfolios and Getting the Deal Through, among other titles. Bundled new and revised files will be available so you can update your catalog quickly and efficiently.

If you have any questions, please contact Matthew Newton.

BNA Archives

BNA Law Report Archive

We are pleased to announce that select historic BNA Law Reports are available on Bloomberg Law. Complete issues of titles such as BNA’s Antitrust & Trade Regulation Report, Daily Report for Executives, and United States Law Week are available in PDF format.

In this update, we want to highlight BNA’s Banking Report, an industry-leading news publication that was published for over three decades. We digitized over 400 issues of the report dating from 1987 to 1995. The issues are searchable.

To access the archived publications, click ‘All Legal Content Search’ on the Bloomberg Law homepage. Click the ‘U.S. Secondary Sources’ navigation arrow and then scroll down to ‘Law Reports.’ Click on ‘Bloomberg BNA Law Reports’ and browse through subject areas. Archived titles are marked with “archives” in parentheses (e.g., Antitrust & Trade Regulation Report (Archive)).

We will provide more information on the BNA Law Report archive in future law librarian updates. In the meantime, please contact us if you have any questions.

Tips & Tricks

New Exposed Navigation Menu

Our new Exposed Navigation Menu makes it easy to find information on Bloomberg Law. Located immediately below the Search Bar, the new menu offers direct access to Bloomberg Law content sets using convenient drop-down arrows. Users can easily click into Practice Centers, Laws & Regulations, Secondary Sources, Practitioner Tools, and more. To access specific pages from the Exposed Menu, click on any of the drop-down options to view a list of available pages.

Changes to Email Alert Sender Name and Subject Line

Recipients of Bloomberg Law Report email alerts have seen changes to the sender name and subject lines of the emails they receive. For example, the sender name for recipients of Banking Report changed from “Bloomberg Law” to “Banking Report – Bloomberg Law,” while the subject line now includes parts of the first article.