“BMLT” stands for “Basic Meeting List Toolbox.” It is a Web-based platform that was designed specifically to encourage and assist NA Service bodies in providing a powerful, easily-maintained NA meeting list.
The BMLT is designed specifically for NA Service bodies, but has been deployed for other fellowships. It has also been used to track Helpline and Sponsorship volunteers. The BMLT is easy to customize, so it’s not just for NA meetings.
If you integrate the BMLT with your Web site, you can have an extremely usable, attractive and accurate meeting search or list. You can also have displays that are designed specifically for mobile devices. We even have an iPhone/iPad app that is designed to be used with the BMLT.
The BMLT was designed with usability, stability, quality, security and continuity in mind. It was designed to be easy to install, easy to use, easy to maintain, and easy to transfer from one administrator to another.
That last item is critical. There are quite a few “bespoke” meeting search systems out there; many are extremely well-done, and may even give a better experience than the BMLT. However, these systems almost never remain intact after the handoff from one Webservant to another. The BMLT is designed as a standard platform. It is well-documented, well-supported and well-understood. If you use the BMLT for your meeting search, then you can greatly reduce the “knowledge transfer” when people change out of/into roles that administer it.
Additionally, the BMLT was designed with multiple data mining and export options, so it is extremely easy to synchronize your meeting search with NAWS, or other Service bodies, and there are a vast number of ways in which it can be deployed. You don’t have to use the standard format. There are many variations, from simple inline tables (the classic “table of meetings”), to highly interactive searches.
The BMLT is comprised of super high-quality code, originally done by a professional software engineer, and is 100% free and open source. It can never be hijacked or taken away. It belongs to NA.
The Principal Engineer working on the BMLT got clean at the age of 18, in 1980, and has no intention of going anywhere, so the BMLT is supported by a pretty stable family.
The BMLT was first released in alpha version in May, 2009, and was officially released in June of 2009. This means that it is a highly stable, mature project with a long, well-established provenance.
When we say that the BMLT is handled as a “full-fat” professional-grade project, we’re not kidding.