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Do you use the BBB?

One of the byproducts of our web site redesign is that we are pondering the future of the BBB (Boalt Bulletin Board). The BBB has been around for a long time, in various forms, and it’s time to understand exactly how people use it and what purpose it’s serving. Please take moment to answer the following questions and add any other comments that are appropriate.

1. Do you use the BBB? If no, why not?

2. What do you use it for? What information in it is most useful or interesting to you?

3. If you could find the same information that is now in the BBB on other places of the web site, would that suffice? For example, if we had a robust web calendar of events, would the BBB be less necessary as an information tool?

4. How do you like to access the BBB? Paper copy? On the web site? Via email? RSS feed?

5. How could the BBB be more useful to you?

Please leave your comments below. Thanks!

UPDATE: I forgot to mention that under one scenario the BBB could become a regularly updated (nearly daily) online publication, not unlike a blog, instead of being published weekly. That way, the information can be more current. What do folks think of that?

UPDATE2: I’m hearing a surprising number of people – here and via email – say they like the paper version because it’s more convenient.

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65 Responses to “Do you use the BBB?”

  1. Jason Shepherd Says:

    I haven’t used it; I get most of my needed information from other sources online.

  2. Anhara Alexander Says:

    I don’t use the BBB, I don’t have a use for it.

  3. Nancy Donovan Says:

    Yes, I use the BBB. Since I have only been here about 90 days, I made a point of picking up the hardcopy BBB which was delivered to the Dean’s office to find out about events at the law school. I attended several lunchtime programs that were very educational and worthwhile. If the BBB was online, that would be a fine place to access the information.

  4. Harumi Quinones Says:

    1. Yes, I usually scan the the BBB briefly to see what events are happening in the current or upcoming weeks. That way, I know what my students may be involved with; and if there may be any sort of conflict in scheduling an event for them.

    2. In addition to scanning calendar of events, I keep an eye out for Registrar notices or other official notices to the students.

    3. Yes, if calendar info and if the announcements (i.e. reminders from the Registrar to students) were found elsewhere on the web site that would sufficce.

    4. In ascending order, web site, via email, and paper.

    5. Hmmmm…good question.

  5. Aarti Kohli Says:

    Since I work at a Center I find the BBB very useful for finding out what is happening at Boalt. I think an online detailed calendar of events would be very useful as well.

  6. William Benemann Says:

    I use the BBB to publicize Archives exhibitions and events, but more importantly, I retain a copy of each issue for the Archives. The BBB is the most complete listing of events going on in Law School, so from the standpoint of creating a permanent record of our activities week-by-week, it is invaluable.

    – Bill Benemann

  7. Yes, I use the BBB: To find out what’s happening each week and to post things for the faculty members for whom I work. I do have to say that I found it more helpful when it was regularly emailed at the beginning of each week, and I wish that practice would be resumed. And no, I don’t think placing the same information that is now in the BBB on other places of the web site would suffice.

  8. Laurent Heller Says:

    No — The format is completely unsuited to the task for me. I don’t want to have to navigate a PDF document to get this information. If it were an interactive calendar on the website, I’m quite sure that I’d use it. The new campus calendar seems truly excellent to me (sorting by date, event types, subject areas, etc.)

  9. Terry Galligan Says:

    The CDO currently uses the BBB to:

    1. Advertise our upcoming events; and
    2. Make other announcements to students (selected job postings, deatils for participating in our interview programs, etc.)

    However, its been our experience, particularly since the BBB content is no longer being “pushed out” to students that the students don’t really use it as a source of information about career development office services other than upcoming events.

    In the absence of a “universal” calendar — some place where all upcoming events are posted in a readable format — I think (some) students do use it as a snapshot of the upcoming week’s events at the School.

    For that reason, we will continue to use it as a primary means of advertising our events. As for other office announcements, we use other media and do not assume that many students look at BBB content other than the “This Week At Boalt” section.

    I personally use the BBB in order to find out what other departments (centers, clinics, student orgs, journals) are planning and what other events are happening on campus. It gives me a more complete picture of what is happening in students’ lives and sometimes helps us to avoid scheduling conflicts with our own programs. Again, a universal calendar that every center, clinic and department actually uses would go along way toward providing me with this type of information.

  10. Jennifer Zahgkuni Says:

    1. Yes, I used to when it was sent as an email every week. I found that very convenient and useful to discover what events would be going on at the law school during the week. I feel it keeps people informed and involved.

    2. My faculty ask me to add postings for events they are hosting and also for job postings when they need research assistants.

    I use it to learn about upcoming lectures or other interesting events that I would otherwise not hear about.

    3. A web calendar that includes the events would be useful, although how would general announcements and job postings be covered by the calendar?

    4. I liked having the BBB emailed and don’t like that it suddenly stopped with no notice.
    If it can be a link off the law school homepage, that would be ok, also. I think it’s important to make current events at the law school easily accessible.

    5. No suggestions. It was useful to me when it was emailed weekly.

  11. 1. No. I never remember to look at it online and am not at the law school that often, so don’t pick up the hard copy. When we got an email every Sunday with the PDF attachment, I read it every week and thought it was really useful.

    2. I used to use it to keep updated on interesting lunch talks. For student organization meetings, I usually knew about them from my organizations’ listservs.

    3. I like the weekly reminders to check the BBB.

    4. An email reminder with a PDF attachment and also through the website.

    5. See #3.

  12. The BBB is extremely useful for finding out about group meetings, job postings, CDO events, etc.

    It would be even better in an easily naviable web format.

  13. Boalt Student Says:

    1. Do you use the BBB? If no, why not?

    Yes, it’s

    2. What do you use it for? What information in it is most useful or interesting to you?

    I use it to see what lunchtime (and other) events are going on each week, job/internship/RA announcements, and various other announcements (calls for paper submissions, etc.)

    My student orgs have also used it to advertise our events.

    3. If you could find the same information that is now in the BBB on other places of the web site, would that suffice? For example, if we had a robust web calendar of events, would the BBB be less necessary as an information tool?

    NO. The benefit of the BBB is that it is extremely easy to read and very accessible. I wouldn’t want to go through the trouble of looking up weekly lunchtime events on a calendar. Also, I sometimes don’t have access to a computer when I want to know where an event is located, and it’s great to be able to pick up a copy of the BBB by the lockers. If there is some sort of calendar or “live” format, it should supplement, not replace the BBB.

    4. How do you like to access the BBB? Paper copy? On the web site? Via email? RSS feed?

    I like having paper copies available and having a reminder that the BBB is available online emailed to me.

    5. How could the BBB be more useful to you?

    It’s very useful as it is.

  14. I use the BBB primarily to find interesting lunch events to attend, and to check for administrative announcements. To some extent I check for interesting extracurricular opportunities.

    Post events on the website, in an “at-a-glance”-friendly calendar format. For each day, you might list functional titles that hyperlink to a concise descriptive blurbs.

    The previous format was straightforward, but it tended to waste a lot of white space and was not easy on the eyes.

    Administrative announcements, conferences, and job postings could likewise be hyperlinked for quick loading and easy navigation.

    I vote against PDF, hard copy, and email versions. PDF is hard to navigate, hard copy seems redundant and wasteful, and too many emails already abound in my inbox!

  15. The BBB should be scrapped entirely in its current form. Get rid of all the wasteful printing. Get rid of the registrar oversight.

    Everything should simply be done in a user-generated system. We log in to a secure server only available to Boalt students. We can then post information about our events. Students could even set up e-mail notification when one of their favorite groups posts a new event.

    The BBB was rather irrelevant for us when we were scheduling events. We used that newfangled Internet-thingamajigger to contact our members. The current top-down system that requires submission to the registrar is outmoded and not nimble enough to allow for late-breaking events to be publicized.

  16. Seth Schreiberg Says:

    I use the BBB online, and often glance at it outside the lockers. I use it primarily for weekly events, not for the material printed in the back.

    I suppose a better Boalt calendar online would accomplish the same task, especially if groups could publish to it themselves.

  17. Boris Kogan Says:

    I read the BBB every week. As a 1L I found it useful for lunch meetings and other student group information. As a 2L it was a good source of information from the CDO.

  18. Rising 2L Says:

    1. Do you use the BBB? If no, why not?
    Yes, consistently every week.

    2. What do you use it for? What information in it is most useful or interesting to you?
    Mostly I use it to find or keep track of lunchtime events, but also for CDO announcements or registrar announcements.

    3. If you could find the same information that is now in the BBB on other places of the web site, would that suffice? For example, if we had a robust web calendar of events, would the BBB be less necessary as an information tool?

    No. While an online calender would be useful as a supplement to the BBB, what I like about it is that I look at it at the same time every week, and I know that if I just sit down with it for five minutes and jot down what I want to go to, then I won’t have to think about it for the rest of the week. If the information was just constantly updated, I feel like it would take more of my time to consistently check back every day. Also, the BBB encourages people to get the word out earlier (because of the deadlines) when they have events.

    4. How do you like to access the BBB? Paper copy? On the web site? Via email? RSS feed?

    Almost always on the website, sometimes in paper.

    5. How could the BBB be more useful to you?

    None, it’s great.

  19. 1. Yes, I use the BBB

    2. I use the to look for upcoming events, find out about important deadlines and programs (e.g. from the Registrar or CDO), and for announcements about internships, fellowships, and scholarships.

    3. It would suffice if I could find the same information in another place. I like the idea of a thorough and up-to-date online calendar. I assume if the BBB was phased out, the announcements about deadlines, fellowships, etc. would be posted elsewhere; that’d be fine too.

    4. I prefer to receive the BBB by email, with a copy available online. However, I would prefer (a) emails about important deadlines and CDO programs, (b) an online calendar for events, and (c) sections on the CDO and financial aid websites listing scholarships, internships, and fellowships.

    5. The BBB usually has so much going on, it’s easy to miss things. Rather than having to skim the whole thing, I’d like it if there were headings/hyperlinks of some sort so I could skip to the sections I want to read and skip anything I find irrelevant.

  20. Hilliary Creely Says:

    1. YES, I use the BBB!

    2. I use it to learn about daily events AND scholarship/fellowship opportunities!

    3. Website would be OK if all the information was in one place on that site (and not scattered on different pages that would have to be searched separately).

    4. Honestly, I may be old school but I *like* the paper BBB–I can throw it in my bag and pull it out when I need to review a meeting location or scholarship deadline, not such an easy fewt w/ a laptop in the hall between classes!

    5. No suggestions (but the BBB was more visually appealing when it was in column format)

  21. Sam Houshower Says:

    1. Occasionally skim the paper version to see what’s happening in the next week. It’s way too thick to actually read so it’s an error-prone way to communicate with students.

    2. The calendar function is useful, and could be better if organized as an actual calendar. Putting important announcements in one place is a good idea, but they are overwhelmed by the calendar material. These two functions ought to be separate, i.e. a community calendar and an RSS feed of announcements. Also, truly important announcements need to be emailed to students — BBB posting is not sufficient.

    3. Yes, and a robust web calendar + RSS announcements would be much superior.

    4. Online.

    5. CDO updates should be separate. The great collative function of BBB puts too much information in one place.

  22. Jonas Lerman Says:

    I like the idea of a dynamic, blog-like online version of the BBB that’s updated every day.

  23. 1. I usually read it and find it helpful.

    2. Registrar reminders, event calendar.

    3. I think you’d still want a separate place to see announcements and reminders without needing to search through deadlines on a calendar.

    4. An RSS feed would be ideal for me. My second choice would be a web site (without a PDF download) with an e-mail reminder that a new one has posted. E-mailed PDFs and paper copies are the least convenient options for me.

    5. It pretty much serves its purpose as is–as long as I remember to read it. When the registrar stopped sending e-mail reminders, I’d forget to check it for weeks at a time.

  24. 1. Yes, almost daily.

    2. I use the BBB primarily to scout out lunches/events I want to attend during the week.

    3. A robust calendar of events would likely replace my need for the BBB (if clean, organized, and complete).

    4. Website/RSS access would be great.

  25. Graduated3L Says:

    1. I will sometimes pick up a copy of the BBB and glance flip through it, and sometimes I look at it online. I do not use it frequently.

    2. I use it mainly for details of events I already know about — i.e. what room is that in, or was that on tuesday or wednesday. I did not use it for any of the information besides the activity meetings.

    3,4. I like the web as much as the next law student. I think having the paper copies is nice too. It can be a pain to have to take my computer out when I want to glance through and see where something is or what is happening.

    5. I like the current system. I get some information about general goings on, and I get stuff for clubs I’m in by being on their online mailing list.

  26. 1. When I remember to pick up a copy.

    2. Events/lunches/required administrative info. VO is always telling us that we are responsible for what is in the BBB!

    3. A robust web-based calendar that allowed for downloads of events we are interested in attending into gmail calendar, outlook, PDA or other calendar client would be the best!

    4. The best would be a regularly-updated website with — and this is important — an *email reminder* (preferably on Monday morning) of an updated copy .

    5. The email reminder is key — I have long wished that the BBB would be emailed to us. It would help remind me to look at it!

  27. Jade Hoffman Says:

    I use the BBB, but I think it would be much more useful if there was an online calendar that people could either check or sync with iCalendar or Google Calendar. There’s less paper involved in that (yay!) and it’s easier for people to keep track with what’s going on that way.

  28. I use the BBB for two reasons:

    (1) “Which free lunch are you going to today?”
    (2) Dean Ortiz scared us by saying that many announcements would be in the BBB and we were accountable for knowing anything they published in there.

    But honestly I use it for (1) far more often than (2).

  29. I read the BBB regularly. I mostly check it online but it was nice to have copies outside the locker room for when I was not at my computer.

    I use it mostly for lunch and event notifications but I do look at the announcements section periodically.

    A calendar would be good. It would also be good to have a filtering system (like to filter only for law and tech events). But it’s also necessary to be able to look at all events for a particular day.

    I like the automatic process of submitting online and it would be great to have it update regularly – that way a room change can be instantly updated.

  30. Josh Templet Says:

    I find the BBB very useful for scheduling (for my own use and for student organizations, in avoiding event/meeting conflicts with other groups). A more frequently updated online version would be even more useful that the PDF or hard copy version.

  31. I second all of the answers “H” posted:

    “1. When I remember to pick up a copy.

    2. Events/lunches/required administrative info. VO is always telling us that we are responsible for what is in the BBB!

    3. A robust web-based calendar that allowed for downloads of events we are interested in attending into gmail calendar, outlook, PDA or other calendar client would be the best!

    4. The best would be a regularly-updated website with — and this is important — an *email reminder* (preferably on Monday morning) of an updated copy .

    5. The email reminder is key — I have long wished that the BBB would be emailed to us. It would help remind me to look at it!”

  32. Kathleen Lu Says:

    1. Do you use the BBB? If no, why not?

    Yes.

    2. What do you use it for? What information in it is most useful or interesting to you?

    Looking up meetings, esp locations.

    3. If you could find the same information that is now in the BBB on other places of the web site, would that suffice? For example, if we had a robust web calendar of events, would the BBB be less necessary as an information tool?

    That would suffice. Would we still have paper copies available? Sometimes it’s much easier to grab a paper copy than to turn on the laptop.

    4. How do you like to access the BBB? Paper copy? On the web site? Via email? RSS feed?

    Usually on the website, paper copy if I’m looking something up at the last minute.

    5. How could the BBB be more useful to you?

    It needs to be more complete. A lot of meetings get left off of the BBB, especially when they’re planned only a few days in advance.

  33. I use the BBB! And it’s crucial for student group meetings and events.

  34. 1. Yes

    2. Events, announcements. I usually read the whole thing. I find it very useful.

    3. Maybe but what about all the CDO/Registrar’s/jobs/etc. announcements?

    4. I usually access it on the website but I look at the paper copy as well.

  35. 1. Yes

    2. School events (to see about group meetings) and for summer opportunities and scholarship postings 1L year. I also used it to see if there were any reminders about anything that I needed to get done (Add/Drop, register for CA bar 1L year, etc)

    3. Simply putting it on a calendar may not suffice because it would not captrue the rest of the information that the BBB provides. The events could be put on the calendar, but I would still like to have the rest of the information posted somewhere.

    4. I have used the paper, email, and web versions. I like having all of those options available.

    5. I like the idea of having it regularly updated

  36. Christopher Says:

    1. Do you use the BBB? If no, why not?
    Yes, but exculsively in the online format.

    2. What do you use it for? What information in it is most useful or interesting to you?
    Everything. Events, job information, need-to-know stuff.

    3. If you could find the same information that is now in the BBB on other places of the web site, would that suffice? For example, if we had a robust web calendar of events, would the BBB be less necessary as an information tool?
    Yes; printing the BBB is, well, environmentally quite stupid and technologically obsolete. If people want a printed copy, they should have to go through the trouble of printing it out themselves. A web calender would be great, as my only calender is online (igoogle), and an RSS feed for the rest of the information would be very appropriate. No matter what though, there should be a place online where all the information is available together. I agree that a .pdf is almost just as inconvenient as a paper copy, so I suggest a webpage with categories listing subject headings of the articles, which expand when they are clicked.

    4. How do you like to access the BBB? Paper copy? On the web site? Via email? RSS feed?
    Right now I access it online, but see above.

    5. How could the BBB be more useful to you?
    Organization, organization, organization, and integration.

  37. Graduated 3L Says:

    I do not like the idea of a user-generated/interactive online calendar. Part of the nice thing about the current BBB is that it acts as somewhat of a filter. The problem with online calendars is that they become cluttered with every little event and announcement that people deem relevant. Also, for those of us who are not as tech-savvy (or should I say, those of us who are tech-savvy but prefer simplicity), having to navigate an online calendar would create additional steps that I wouldn’t want to take. I like being able to skim through the BBB and see all the lunchtime events and the announcements at the end of it.

  38. I use it. I love it. It’s even better now that it’s online in non-pdf form. I look at the paper copies at least once per week. Don’t change it.

  39. Sarah Barker-Ball Says:

    1. Yes!

    2. I use it to post announcements for meetings and stay upodated on what lectures / events are happening that week.

    3. Yes. I would vastly prefer that all relevant calendars and information were merged and presented in one central (online) location.

    4. Online.

  40. BJ Pierce Says:

    I use the BBB regularly, both hardcopy and online, to decide what events to attend and for general informational purposes. I think a blog would be too cluttered.

  41. 1. Do you use the BBB? If no, why not?
    Yes

    2. What do you use it for? What information in it is most useful or interesting to you?
    Lunch events, CDO announcements

    3. If you could find the same information that is now in the BBB on other places of the web site, would that suffice? For example, if we had a robust web calendar of events, would the BBB be less necessary as an information tool?
    web calendar would be great

    4. How do you like to access the BBB? Paper copy? On the web site? Via email? RSS feed?
    Web site or e-mail. RSS would be OK. Would prefer a calendar.

    5. How could the BBB be more useful to you?
    Better layout – calender format, or at least improved PDF.

  42. Shane Smith Says:

    I pick up a paper copy of the BBB every week to (i) find seminars and lectures I would like to attend; (ii) keep track of CDO or Registrar deadlines; and (iii) look for interesting fellowships, job opportunities or competitions.

    If anything had to be cut, I think the listings of opportunities under (iii) could live online rather than being reprinted week-to-week.

  43. I use the BBB, but I mostly use the online version, and I dont think it needs to be in hard copy. I find it very useful for finding out about student group meetings, speakers and other events, and CDO/financial aid announcements. It’s nice to know about events in advance so I can figure out how many times during the week I’ll need to pack lunch. I like the weekly schedule — I think a daily or live version would be overwhelming. It would be nice if it had links to each day/type of announcement to prevent scrolling. Sometimes the online format is a bit unwieldy.

  44. 1. Do you use the BBB? If no, why not?

    Yes, often.

    2. What do you use it for? What information in it is most useful or interesting to you?

    I use it for the weekly lunch events.

    3. If you could find the same information …?

    I would hate the web calendar…too much effort to see what is happening throughout the week. I also hate the idea of a PDF, as it would be difficult to navigate and I would end up printing it anyway. The best option seems to be the interactive blog like thing, especially if it has organizational tags or a searching/filtering feature so that I can find the information important to me on the days I’m interested.

    4. How do you like to access the BBB? Paper copy? On the web site? Via email? RSS feed?

    I like the paper copy, but feel so wasteful using it. Something like I mentioned in #3 would be ideal.

    5. How could the BBB be more useful to you?

    I tend to get BBB fatigue and not read it all the way through. The announcements and junk at the back is the first to get ignored. If there was some way to condense the material or make it searchable/filterable such that I can skip the stuff not applicable to me, that would be ideal.

  45. Yes, I use the BBB pretty much weekly. It is very convenient to have the week’s lectures and events posted in one place. However, I think that the paper copy is wasteful and not necessary. For me, the ideal format would be a weekly email (maybe Sunday night or Monay morning) with the same info. I also think posting in weekly on the website would be fine.

  46. Chris Franklin Says:

    I’m a regular BBB user, and I use it for two primary purposes – to check upcoming CDO events and to find information about lunchtime speakers/events. I use both the paper and online version, but could probably survive with just an online version. I do like the current BBB format of “Here’s what’s happening this week, and here are some select future events” – like a just-in-time reminder.

    A constantly-updated, real-time- blog-like BBB sounds interesting, but I’d like to see it confined to events upcoming in the next two weeks – anything more (a yearly calendar?), and I’d likely tune it out.

  47. I use it online exclusively, to see what events I don’t want to miss out on and to get updates from career services, etc. on things I should be doing.

    Yes, I think that I would be just about as happy with a web calendar, although the BBB feels a little more personalized to students and chummy. Any electronic format would be fine.

  48. I agree with most of what has been said here. I like the BBB. I would also like an interactive web calendar for finding events.

    My main problem with the BBB is that announcements and other information get posted in it, and appear again, and again, and again, week after week. If there could be an RSS feed for important announcements – one I could add to my reader and flag things I find significant to deal with later, without having to read them week after week – I would make good use of that.

    I think many are too attached to the paper format for it to disappear. Nevertheless, a robust web interface (calendar, RSS, etc.) may lessen the printing demand.

  49. I use the BBB both on-line and in paper primarily to check daily meetings/activities. Most often, I already know something is happening and need to check the location, but I often skim it at the beginning of the week to see if there’s anything I haven’t heard about.
    My biggest frustration with the BBB is as an organizer – the deadline of needing to post announcements by the preceding Wednesday seems ridiculously early. I wish there was more flexibility in posting both in terms of when things must be submitted and being able to change details. A more interactive format would be a big improvement in that sense.
    I rarely remember to check the BBB for important announcements coming from CDO, Registrar, etc. and wish there was a different forum for announcements that are not related to events/meetings. If it is going to serve a dual purpose, then a different format which readily draws attention to must-see announcements & reminders would be a huge improvement.
    I don’t find it particularly useful to receive emails about the BBB (either with links or PDF copies) because I have it bookmarked on my homepage and check it anyway.

  50. Used it every week as a 1L. As a 2L almost never. I expect as a 3L even less…

  51. Sarah (which one?!) Says:

    I used the paper version of the BBB every week during my first year. I preferred the paper version for its convenience and portability, although obviously there is an environmental downside.

    An online calendar (especially something compatible with Google Calendar which many people use) would be a great supplement to the paper BBB.

  52. Evelyn Borchert Says:

    I used to read the BBB when it was emailed. Recently I haven’t read it since I can’t remember where to find it online! If there was a more prominent link rather than the one buried on the Registrar’s pages I would probably read it more. In looking at the online version, I think making the contents more navigable would help a lot.

    I used to read it mostly for the upcoming events and research assistant job postings for students. If these were easily accessible somewhere else online that would be fine.

  53. Boris Kukso Says:

    Always read the BBB, both in print and online. The print is very useful just to reference the events during the day.

  54. 1. Do you use the BBB? If no, why not?
    I *always* used it 1L year. I used it much less 2L year because it was not emailed to us in our inboxes and I rarely look at the print version. Please, please go back to emailing the PDF out to us! Either that, or an online calendar with all of the events going on with student groups/CDO/etc. during the week would be fantastic. Especially one where we (student groups) could have a password to add/update our own group’s information.

    2. What do you use it for? What information in it is most useful or interesting to you?
    Definitely to find the dates/times/locations of meetings. It’s also great to find out/confirm CDO deadlines, to get scholarship info and deadlines, and to find out about research positions, etc. I use it at the beginning of the week and add all the dates and deadlines from it to my personal calendar.

    3. If you could find the same information that is now in the BBB on other places of the web site, would that suffice? For example, if we had a robust web calendar of events, would the BBB be less necessary as an information tool?
    Yes, robust web calendar (see my answer to Q1) would be fantastic! Print version is definitely not needed.

    4. How do you like to access the BBB? Paper copy? On the web site? Via email? RSS feed?
    Email (PDF) would be great. That’s my preferred version. Otherwise online calendar that everyone could update (see answer to Q1).

    5. How could the BBB be more useful to you?
    If students could update it ourselves without having to go through the registrar or any central coordinator, that would be fantastic and much more efficient I think.

    Thank you! :) And thanks for asking for our input.

  55. I use the BBB online, it’s easier to find than the paper version and saves more paper!

  56. 1. Do you use the BBB? If no, why not?
    Absolutely. As a 1L I used it every week, religiously! I also used it as a 2L, although not always on the day it came out (as I had as a 1L!) I think the BBB is really important and needed for Boalt. I found out about scholarship and job opportunities which I went on to apply for and receive through the BBB.

    2. What do you use it for? What information in it is most useful or interesting to you?
    Events, primarily, scheduling things into my calendar. I also always check the CDO section. While I would not necessarily read every email sent out by student orgs or the CDO (cumulatively there are just too many), I rely on the BBB as my central source of information.

    3. If you could find the same information that is now in the BBB on other places of the web site, would that suffice? For example, if we had a robust web calendar of events, would the BBB be less necessary as an information tool?
    I would still like the BBB.

    4. How do you like to access the BBB? Paper copy? On the web site? Via email? RSS feed?
    I like accessing the paper copy, I would be fine if the BBB were just emailed to us — I found this most convenient.

    5. How could the BBB be more useful to you?

    UPDATE: I forgot to mention that under one scenario the BBB could become a regularly updated (nearly daily) online publication, not unlike a blog, instead of being published weekly. That way, the information can be more current. What do folks think of that?
    No, this is a bad idea, from my perspective.I just cannot keep up with something that changes every day. i think weekly is sufficient.

  57. Jean Hayes Says:

    The CCE uses the BBB as a key communications piece to inform students of current events — lectures, information sessions, application availability and deadlines. We also use it to advertise for GSRs.

  58. I use the BBB when I remember to pick it up.

    I would much prefer to get the BBB and related updated via e-mail, so that I remember to read it. What about some kind of subscription service where people could choose to receive announcements daily or weekly?

  59. boalt student Says:

    I use the BBB everyweek to find out information about events, speakers and CDO information.
    I like it on paper because it is very convienient to carry around and check details.
    I think it would be nice to have an online, updatable calender so that information could be updated and transmitted more than once a week. But I don’t think it should replace the paper BBB, but supplement it.

  60. Toni Mendicino Says:

    I liked and appreciated the BBB and used it as a staff person to post information about events and research hiring opportunities; I also found it interesting to read, in hard copy as my personal preference, and of course I liked the law library trivia section. Thank you to the person who compiled it every week–it’s a great resource.

  61. Herma Hill Kay Says:

    Yes, I look at the BBB every week, to see what’s going on and to keep track of school events. I belong to the generation that prefers paper copy and I think we should continue providing the weekly BBB in that format. Daily is unnecessary, in my view. Updates can be available on the web.

  62. Inna Vinogradov Says:

    I use it on occasion. I like having the printed copies so I can circle events I want to go to, but an interactive online calender would be best.

    If we’re going for a pie-in-the-sky idea, I would love to have a personal calendar on the Boalt page that I can log into and see the events going on that day, be able to add them to my own schedule, and add my own personal events/to-do list.

    The best and quickest way to improve the BBB would be WORD LIMITS for each poster — give us a quick sentence or two on each event. It’s information overkill, so most weeks it’s just easier to ignore.

  63. I use the BBB online only. It should NOT AT ALL continue to be printed, as it is a colossal waste of paper — if students want a printed copy, they an print it themselves.

  64. No, I don’t use the BBB, I don’t have a use for it here.

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