Name: Scott Williams
Location: Dallas, TX
Phone: (504) 616-5324
Specialties: Books,Unbound DocumentsDigital Materials (incl. Web sites)
Services: Treatment,Consultation-General,Collections Management,Conservation Science,Emergency Planning,Emergency Recovery,Pest Control,Preventive Conservation,Storage Design,Surveys-General,Surveys-Object Specific
Materials: Paper
Willing to Travel: No

Biographical Information:

Scott G. Williams, along with his brother, Patrick “Pat” Williams, formed Louisiana Binding Service, Inc. in 1987. Since then, they have continued to set standards in public records preservation. In 2011, LBS joined the KOFILE, Inc. family. Scott and Pat's principal influence in this business came from their father, Raymond Williams. At a young age, Scott and Pat began to learn the family business at Raymond's office supply store. This is where they were first introduced to the concept of book preservation. At that time, no businesses in the region specialized in public records preservation. Government agencies, unequipped to maintain their historical records, and faced with having to limit public access, began to turn to the Williams family for assistance. These local governments needed someone with the experience and education to halt the effects of time and use and allow safe public access. The Williams brothers educated themselves on preservation procedures and on conservation treatments. They listened to the concerns of record custodians and constituents. They spoke with, and received training from, leading conservators at universities across the country. Obtaining a formal education, Scott became a conservator of historical paper. Thus, Scott and Pat established LBS to specialize in immediate and long-term records preservation. Scott's extensive training includes preservation methods for 18th, 19th, and 20th Century documents, as well as the physical mechanics of hand binding and mechanical binding for documents ranging from the 18th Century to the present. Since 1987, and Williams has dedicated himself to the study and development of preservation services and archival products that are what they proclaim—archivally safe and tested. Although lacking a formal conservation education, he stands on the foundation of the skills learned in bindery apprenticeships, gleaned from self-study, professional relationships, and continuing education classes. Each week, Scott examines records vital to our nation's history and culture. These public records suffer from unmitigated deterioration. It is still common for courthouses to laminate records of enduring value—the Williams brothers have spent countless monies and hours fighting this fallacy. Currently, local records custodians are not equipped with the knowledge and resources to maintain collections, resulting in limited public access to archival documents. It is the mission of LBS to insure the public continued access to historical documents, either in original or reformatted form. Now, as a conservator at KOFILE Preservation, Inc., the Williams look forward to expansion.

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