In 1966, the AALL adopted a plan for the certification of law librarians. This occurred on Independence Day, during the 59th Annual Meeting of the AALL in Los Angeles. The final report of the Committee on Certification, chaired by Mary Oliver of the University of North Carolina, was adopted.
The program included the creation of a Certification Board and established the standards it must follow in the evaluation of the qualifications of candidates for certification. A few days later, on July 7, 1966 the AALL Executive Board appointed AALL’s first Certification Board. Mary Oliver served as chair. The other members were Richard Sullivan, Charlotte Dunnebacke, Stanley Pearce, and Mary K. Sanders.
Also on July 7, 1966, the AALL Executive Board, on the recommendation of the AALL Scholarships Committee, chaired by Viola Bird, adopted a scholarships program for professional education in librarianship. Under this program, two types of scholarships were awarded annually.
The first was a scholarship of up to $1,500 for a law school graduate to attend an accredited library school. The second was a scholarship of up to $150 (with $25 for incidentals) for an AALL member librarian to take a special course in law librarianship for credit at an accredited library school.
The AALL established the Joseph L. Andrews Bibliographical Award in honor of Joseph L. Andrews, longtime reference librarian at the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.
On June 26, 1967, the AALL presented the first Joseph L. Andrews Bibliographical Award to Anthony P. Grech (1930-1960) of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York for what Houdekdescribed as “a diverse series of bibliographies published during the preceding year.”
These were “Bibliography on the Southeast Asia Crisis” in Kenneth T. Young & Lyman M. Tondel’s The Southeast Asia Crisis and “Bibliography on the Dominican Crisis” in John Carey’s The Dominican Republic Crisis. Both books were published in Dobbs Ferry, New York by Oceana.
In 2010, Grech was inducted into the AALL Hall of Fame. Grech had served the Association of the Bar of the City of New York as Assistant Reference Librarian from 1958 to 1965, as Reference Librarian from 1965 to ‘67, as Head Librarian from 1967 to 1984, and as Curator from 1984 to 1990.
He had served the AALL as Chairman of the Committee on Microfacsimiles from 1965 to ‘67, as President of the Law Library Association of Greater New York in 1967–68, as Vice Chairman of the Publications Committee from 1972 to ‘74, as Chairman of the Publications Committee from 1974 to ‘76, as Treasurer of the Association of Law Libraries of Upstate New York in 1976–77, and on the AALL Executive Board from 1980 to ’83. The Anthony P. Grech Memorial Award of the Association of Law Libraries of Upstate New York (ALLUNY) honors a member of ALLUNY who, through written or published work, has made significant contributions to the scholarship of law librarianship in New York State.
In April of 1968, AALL President William Murphy was the keynote speaker at the first annual meeting of the new Western Pacific Chapter, held in Salem, Oregon. Mortimer Schwartz of the University of California at Davis was elected as the first chapter president.
In 1970, the Law Librarians Society of Washington, D.C. published the Handbook and Manual of Procedure. This was doneunder the direction of President Jack Ellenberger.
It covered the history of the Law Librarians Society, as well as procedures for officers and committees. This was the first such manual to be published by an AALL chapter.
In January of 1970, the AALL published the first issue of the AALL Newsletter. It replaced the President’s Newsletter. The first editor of the AALL Newsletter was Mario P. Goderich from the University of Miami Law School.
In May of 1970, the first “Statistical Survey of Law School Libraries”was published in 63 Law Library Journal pages 267-272 (1970). It was compiled by the AALL Statistics Committee under Chairman Alfred J. Lewis from the University of California at Davis.
On June 26, 1970, the Conference of Newer Law Librarians (CONELL) met for the first time on the campus of American University in Washington, D.C. Peyton Neal organized and directed the highly successful conference which attracted more than 100 registrants.
Not coincidentally, the 63rd Annual Meeting of the AALL was held in Washington, D.C. from the 27th of June to the 2nd of July in 1970. It attracted a record 738 registrants. The AALL generated nearly $4,000 income from the meeting.
On July 1, 1970 the Ohio Regional Association of Law Libraries was unanimously approved as the 12th chapter of the AALL. Founded at Ohio State University in 1949, the group did not seek chapter status until the AALL’s bylaws were amended to eliminate the requirement that over half of a chapter’s members had to (separately) belong to the AALL.
In December of 1971, the Scholarship Program was reorganized. The reorganization included the creation of a scholarship to complete the final year of law school for qualified library school graduates.
By April 1, 1972, AALL membership exceeded 1,500. It had increased by sixty-six from the previous year to reach a total of 1,532. On July 4, 1973, the AALL established student memberships.
On June 24, 1975, the AALL adopted the “Policy Statement on Job Security, Remuneration and Employment Practices.” The organization also approved the Mid-America Association of Law Libraries as the 13th chapter of the AALL.
The next day, J. Myron Jacobstein, Chair of the Task Force on AALL Reorganization presented the final report (68 Library Law Journal pages 391-94) for approval at the third business session of the 68th Annual Meeting of the AALL in Los Angeles. The committee recommended the creation of three divisions within AALL. These three divisions would be (1) academic libraries; (2) county, bar, and government libraries; and (3) private law libraries.
The report also recommended the establishment of procedures for the formation of subject-oriented special interest sections. The membership rejected divisional organization but overwhelmingly approved a resolution that endorsed an amendment to the AALL Constitution that would allow for the creation of special interest sections.
In June of 1976, Alice J. Murray was announced as the winner of the AALL Logo contest in the AALL Newsletter. Her contribution was significant because the stylized double As and Ls remain the AALL’s basic logo design over twenty years later.
On June 23, 1976, the AALL passed bylaws that provided for the creation of Special Interest Sections at the 69th Annual Meeting of the AALL in Boston. This annual meeting drew a record registration of 990.
In December of 1976, the AALL Executive Board approved the first seven Special Interest Sections. These were (1) Contemporary Social Problems; (2) Law Library Service to Institutional Residents; (3) Government Documents; (4) Private Law Libraries; (5) Automation and Scientific Development; (6) OCLC Law Libraries; and (7) State, Court and County Law Libraries.