Special Recognition of Dr. Richard D. Smith
Fellow, Graduate Library School, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL (1964 – 1971).
Member, Beta Phi Mu (Professional Librarian Honorary Society).
Fellow, U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, Office of Education, Higher Education Act, Title II-B (1970 – 1971).
Chairman, Research Committee, Special Libraries Association (1971 – 1974).
First Patents for the Mass Deacidification of Paper issued in Canada and United States (1972).
Member, Advisory Committee on Preservation, U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C. (1979 to date).
Wei T’o® Nonaqueous Book Deacidification System, National Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario – Begins mass deacidification of books from the collections of the National Library of Canada (December 1981).
‘Library Licensed to Make Deacidification Solution’ Library of Congress Information Bulletin, Volume 41, No. 15, April 9, 1982, announces the Library’s non exclusive license of my first patent and clarifies the dominance relationship between our patents.
M.E. Saltykov-Shchedrin State Public Library, Leningrad, and State Committee For Science and Technology, Moscow, USSR. Seminar on Conservation Management, Lamination, and Deacidification with Archival Aids (Great Britain), British Library (London) on October 21, 1983, Leningrad, USSR.
American Chemical Society sponsors a national TV news release ‘Fountain of Youth For Library Books’ featuring the Wei T’o® Nonaqueous Book Deacidification System as an example of good chemistry and chemical engineering (1984).
National Science Foundation and General Motors Research Laboratories sponsors a national TV news release ‘How About Saving Old Books’ featuring the Wei T’o® Nonaqueous Book Deacidification System as an advancement in science and technology (1985).
KQED-TV, PBS – San Francisco, ‘The Decay of Culture’ from ‘Science Notes’ series, report on the preservation of library collections shows the Wei T’o® Nonaqueous Book Deacidification System as the method in use (1986).
Governors State University, ‘GSU Views’, presents a 30 minute introductory video discussion of mass deacidification between President Leo Goodman-Malamuth II, Governors State University, and founder (1987).
WTTW-TV, PBS – Chicago, ‘WTTW Journal: After the Flood’ report on the 1986 Chicago Historical Society water main disaster includes my evaluations of remarkable recovery achievements by Chicago conservators (1988).
Co-Chairman, 1988 TAPPI Paper Preservation Symposium, October 19 – 21, 1988, Capital Hilton Hotel, Washington, D.C.
‘Union Carbide Signs Exclusive Paper Preservation Agreement with Wei T’o® Associates’, Union Carbide News for Release, Union Carbide Corporation, Corporate Communications Department, Danbury, CT, October 10, 1989, announces the agreement for acquisition of Wei T’o® deacidification inventions, technology, and trademarks.
Invited Lecture, ‘Collection Preservation: A Mass Deacidification Perspective’ in ‘Conservation and Disaster Recovery Symposium: International Cooperation at the Library of the USSR Academy of Sciences, Leningrad’. (Sponsors: BAN, Getty Conservation Institute, German Friends of BAN Committee, Library of Congress) (September 24 – 28, 1990).
Invited Lecture, ‘Practices and Philosophies in Collection Preservation: Some Apparent Conflicts in America’ in ‘Restoration/Preservation: A Practical Approach’ Colloguy and Research Libraries Study Tour, Berlin, Frankfurt/Main, Gottingen, Leipsig, Munich, Stuttgart, and Wolfenbuttel. Organizers: Foreign Relations Bureau of the German Library Institute, Amerika-Haus, British Council, U.S. Information Agency (October 7 – 20, 1990).
Member, Review Panel II, ‘Strengthening Research Library Resources Program’, Title II-C of The Higher Education Art, Washington, D.C. (February 8 – 10, 1991).
Consultant, Foundation for Social Development and Revitalization of Russia, St. Petersburg, Russia (March 9 – 17, 1991).
Invited Lecture, ‘Disaster Recovery: Problems and Procedures’, 1991 Annual Meeting of International Federation of Library Associations, Moscow, USSR (August 21, 1991). (published in IFLA Journal, February 1992. 18:13-24).
Invited Lecture, ‘Mass Deacidification: The Wei T’o® Experience’, 1991 Annual Meeting of Colorado Library Association, Vail, CO (October 6, 1991). Summary in press, Colorado Library Journal.
Invited Lecture, ‘From LIS to MMM, The Development of Wei T’o®’, Austin Archivists Association, The Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin (January 29, 1992).
Invited Lecture, ‘The Wei T’o® Process: Its International Development, Status, and Prospects’, Scientific Programme of Craftsmanship in Restoration and Conservation, Restoration 92 Conference, Amsterdam, Netherlands (October 20 – 22, 1992).
Invited Lecture with Larissa B. Smith, ‘Advanced Technologies & Techniques for Drying Paper-Based Materials’, Disaster Prevention, Response, and Recovery Symposium: Principles & Procedures for Protecting & Preserving Historic/Cultural Properties & Collections, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Museum (October 24 – 25, 1992).
Invited Lecture, ‘After the Disaster: New Alternative Fumigation Techniques’, Disaster Prevention, Response, and Recovery Symposium: Principles & Procedures for Protecting & Preserving Historic/Cultural Properties & Collections, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Museum (October 24 – 25, 1992).