Albert O. Brecht, 1946 – 2012

Hall of Fame Induction: 2013

Significant AALL Service

Albert Brecht

  • 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