Born digital only but not curated at BNA: Bloomberg BNA transforming its print and online topical news reporters into real time “news delivery portals”

On the Boston College law library blog, Mary Ann Neary reports that Bloomberg Law has notified BNA Premier subscribers that all print subscriptions will cease being published. She writes

Titles now available as electronic Resource Centers, such as Bankruptcy Law Resource Center, will cease publication and this content will be delivered via a “news delivery portal.”  Bloomberg presents this change as an  improvement due to news stories being published in real time with subscriber ability to customize e-mail alerts for user interests. What is apparently being lost in this transition is the added value of BNA’s content curation, namely its indexing features, such as searching by Hot Topics and filtering article searches to Key Features. Bankruptcy researchers depended on the ability to sort by industries and track these developments.

Neary also reports that the changes will be effective June 25, 2018, just in time for answering questions at AALL 2018 in July. Sounds to me like Bloomberg BNA is taking a step backwards in providing professional grade topical law resources. — Joe

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