Bloomberg Law Newsletter for Law Librarians
June 22, 2021
ALM News: Improved Search & Content Enhancements
ALM Media News on Bloomberg Law now includes search result filters. This enhancement allows users to refine ALM news search results based on the following categories:
- Reporter: the ALM publication in which the results appear
- Industry: the general business sector impacted
- Topics: the main focus of the story
- Legal Industry: the segment of the legal sector covered
- Practice Area: the specific area of the law addressed
This new feature will help users find the news content that is most relevant to them. Bloomberg Law subscribers have full-text access to more than 40 ALM publications, including The American Lawyer, Corporate Counsel, The National Law Journal, Legaltech News,, The New York Law Journal, and more.
Another recent upgrade is the addition of ALM Judicial Profiles. This collection contains thousands of judge profiles, which typically includes the court name and contact information, the judge’s education and bar admission, staff information, individual rules and procedures, and more. The collection is focused on state and federal courts in specific states – including Connecticut, Florida, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.
The judicial profiles can provide insight into the judge’s expectations for attorneys, possible factors that might impact the judge’s decisions, and interests – or even conflicts of interest that attorneys should consider when developing a litigation strategy.
The Judicial Profiles are available on the ALM Media Resources page.
Core Skills-Litigation Page
Bloomberg Law recently launched the In Focus: Core Skills—Litigation page, which is designed to help attorneys navigate core litigation tasks. Subscribers have integrated access to dockets, court opinions, analytics, litigation treatises, as well as two of Bloomberg Law’s signature products: Brief Analyzer and Points of Law.
A key feature of the Core Skills-Litigation page are the workflow charts that guide litigators step by step through researching and writing the brief and the document review process. In addition, there is a hyperlinked graphic that maps out the entire range of Bloomberg Law’s related resources, including practice centers and other useful resources such as practical guidance, chart builders, and trackers.
The Core Skills-Litigation page is designed for anyone new to litigation research, such as law students and new associates. It can also benefit seasoned associates – and others who aren’t new to litigation, but who are new to Bloomberg Law.
In the News
Bloomberg Law Brief Analyzer Voted ‘Best New Workflow Product’ in Recent Survey
Bloomberg Law’s Brief Analyzer was voted the ‘Best New Workflow Product‘ in a recent survey, according to Jean O’Grady, publisher of the Dewey B. Strategic blog. According to the survey, users preferred Bloomberg Law’s Brief Analyzer over similar products from Casetext, Wolters Kluwer, and Lexis.
Brief Analyzer is an AI-powered workflow tool that reviews and analyzes legal briefs and memoranda. Users can quickly and securely upload a legal brief for analysis. Brief Analyzer then scans the text of the uploaded document to identify authorities cited in the brief while suggesting other content for review, including relevant cases not cited in the brief, similar briefs from other dockets, and Practical Guidance.
Bloomberg Law at Upcoming AALL Annual Meeting
Bloomberg Law is pleased to be a Silver-level sponsor of the AALL Annual Meeting & Conference 2021. We are planning an awesome “virtual booth,” and are proud to continue to fund the AALL/Bloomberg Law Continuing Education Grants Program and serve as the sponsor for the PLLIP Summit Opening Reception.
Cataloging Records—Latest Updates
Did you know there are over 1,300 high-quality free cataloging records available for secondary sources on Bloomberg Law? You can download records for Bloomberg Law news titles, portfolios, books and more on the ‘Bloomberg Law MARC Records’ webpage.
Looking for ABA, American Bankruptcy Institute, Wiley Press and other third-party titles available on Bloomberg Law? We have records for those too. We recently added records for ALM news titles – including National Law Journal and The American Lawyer –that are available on Bloomberg Law.
The MARC records are in standard MARC 21 format and are updated quarterly. With each update, we’ll send you an email memo listing the latest new and revised titles as well as any superseded or discontinued content that should be removed. There are also tips on loading MARC records.
The June 2021 cataloging record update has just been posted at https://marc.bloombergbna.com. For more information or to be added to the update memo distribution list, please contact Matthew Newton at email@example.com.
Bloomberg Law Title List on OCLC WorldShare Platform
For libraries using OCLC’s WorldShare Management System, we are working with OCLC to develop a knowledge base collection for Bloomberg Law titles. The file will include metadata for all Bloomberg Law titles currently available on the Bloomberg Law MARC Records webpage – including Bloomberg Law news titles, portfolios, books, and externally-published packages.
This should give libraries using WMS more flexibility in managing their Bloomberg Law titles. We will update the titles in the knowledge base collection to coincide with the quarterly update of the MARC records. If you have any questions or comments, please email Matthew Newton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Training & Help
Have a question? Need assistance? No problem. We have documentation, videos tutorials, and experienced attorneys and law librarians available to assist you 24/7.
The Bloomberg Law Help page will quickly orient you on Bloomberg Law’s tools and features and help you get your research started. On this page, you’ll find step-by-step documentation on navigating the platform, carrying out basic searches, creating your own workspace, and downloading/printing/emailing documents. You’ll also find short, focused instructional videos on how to get the most out of Bloomberg Law’s signature products, including Brief Analyzer, Draft Analyzer, Points of Law, Smart Code, and more.
If you are having trouble finding what you need, please contact us. You can connect with the Bloomberg Law Help Desk by email at email@example.com or by calling (888) 560-2529 in the U.S. or Canada, or (212) 318-2800 outside the U.S. or Canada. Live chat is also available.