Albert O. Brecht, 1946–2012

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Hall of Fame Induction: 2013

Significant AALL Service

Vice-Chair, Recruitment Committee, 1975–76
President, Southern California Association of Law Libraries, 1975–76
Chair, Recruitment Committee, 1976–78
Chair, Nominations Committee, 1978–79
Chair, Placement Committee, 1978–80
Chair, Program Committee, 1983 Annual Meeting (Houston), 1982–83
Member, Certification Board, 1983–84
AALL President-Elect, 1986–87
AALL President, 1987–88
AALL Immediate Past President, 1988–89
Chair, Task Force to Explore Options for the Composition of the Executive Board, 1994–96

Professional Honors and Awards

Southern California Association of Law Libraries Rohan Chapter Service Award, 2002
USC Alumni Association President’s Award, 2008
Southern California Association of Law Libraries Lifetime Achievement Award, 2012 (posthumous; award renamed in his honor)
AALL Hall of Fame, Inductee, 2013

Selected Publications by the Inductee

Medical Malpractice Insurance and its Alternatives: The Legal, Medical and Insurance Literature—A Bibliography. Monticello, Ill.: Council of Planning Librarians, 1975 (with Alan Holoch and Kathleen Pecarovich).
“Minorities Employed in Law Libraries,” Law Library Journal 71 (1978): 283–88 (with Robin Mills).
"Accelerated Legal Research at U.S.C. Law Center,” Law Library Journal 75 (1982): 167–70.
"Teaching Legal-Research Skills,” Journal of Legal Education 32 (1982): 285.
“The Impact of Automation on Academic Law Libraries.” In Legal Information for the 1980’s: Meeting the Needs of the Legal Profession, edited by Betty W. Taylor, 159–62. Littleton, Colo.: Fred B. Rothman & Co., 1982.
“Changes in Legal Scholarship and Their Impact on Law School Library Reference Services,” Law Library Journal 157–64 (1984).
“Changes in Academic Law Librarianship Noted,” Syllabus (ABA Section of Legal Educ. & Admissions to the Bar) 19 (June 1988): 6.
“Automation and the Changing Environment of Legal Scholarship: Introduction,” Law Library Journal 83 (1991): 623–26.
“Method to the Madness: Ways to Increase Academic Law Librarian Salaries,” AALL Spectrum 6 (Nov. 2001): 4, 11.
“Service to the Parent Institution: It is Worth the Effort.” In The Spirit of Law Librarianship: A Reader, 2nd ed., edited by Roy M. Mersky and Richard A. Leiter, 41–44. Chicago: Alert Publications, 2005.

Selected Publications about the Inductee

Albert Brecht, “Back to the Future—My First Annual Meeting,” in Frank G. Houdek, “Stories of ‘My First Annual Meeting,’” Law Library Journal 88 (1996): 21–22.
“Professors Albert Brecht, Edward McCaffery, and Elyn Saks Formerly Installed as Holders of Prestigious Professorships,” USC Law (Fall 1998): 22–23.
Margot McLaren, “Getting to Know You: Albert O. Brecht,” Southern California Association of Law Libraries Newsletter 30 (September 2002): 16–17.
Robert K. Rasmussen et al., “Memorial: Albert O. Brecht,” Law Library Journal 104 (2012): 613–21.
Frank G. Houdek, “Introducing the Hall of Fame Class of 2013: AALL Honors Brecht, Spinelli, Todd, and Wright,” AALL Spectrum 17 (June 2013): 28–29.

Professional Positions

Assistant Law Librarian, University of Southern California Law Library, 1973–75
Law Librarian and Assistant Professor, University of Southern California Law Library, 1975–77
Director of the Law Library and Associate Professor, University of Southern California School of Law, 1977–79
Director of the Law Library and Professor of Law, University of Southern California School of Law, 1979–1996
Associate Dean, Library and Information Technology, and Professor of Law, University of Southern California School of Law, 1995–98
Associate Dean, Chief Information Officer, and John Stauffer Professor, University of Southern California School of Law, 1998–2012

Education

B.A., University of North Texas, 1969
J.D., University of Houston, 1972
M.L.L. (Masters in Law Librarianship), University of Washington, 1973

Selected Professional Activities and Achievements (outside AALL)

Admitted to the practice of Law, Texas, 1972