Bill Landis currently works as Head of Arrangement and Description & Metadata Coordinator in Manuscripts and Archives, Yale University Library. Prior to that he served as Metadata Coordinator for the California Digital Library; as Manuscripts Librarian in Special Collections and Archives at the University of California, Irvine; and as the first Production Coordinator for JSTOR, a large-scale scholarly journal digitization project. He earned a BA degree in History from the University of California, Santa Cruz, an MILS from the University of Michigan, and is sporadically working toward an MA in History, focusing on the U.S. West.
Landis has been involved in the development and implementation of archival description standards since he “caught the bug” during the residency of Daniel Pitti’s EAD development group at the Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan, during the summer of 1995.
He served from 1997 to 2003 as a member of SAA's Encoded Archival Description Working Group, contributing to the production of both versions of the EAD Tag Library and the EAD Application Guidelines, Version 1.0. More recently, he served for three years as a member of the U.S. contingent of the Canadian-U.S. Taskforce on Archival Description (CUSTARD) and contributed to the new U.S. standard emerging from the work of that group, Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS).
He has published articles, given presentations, and taught classes and workshops on the subjects of archival description and associated standards, user and usability issues, and archival information access systems. When not up to his ears in description and metadata issues Bill likes to hike, especially when he can get back to California and disappear into the Sierra Nevada mountains. He has been known to spend hours debating issues relating to EAD and archival description in fairly remote venues, and the oxygen deprivation that accompanies hiking above 10,000 feet hasn't managed to dampen his enthusiasm for these topics.
Bill has served SAA in a variety of capacities as chair of the Technical Subcommittee on Descriptive Standards (TSDS), 1998-1999; chair of the Description Section, 2000-2001; member of the Nominating Committee, 2000-2001; co-chair of the Birmingham annual meeting Program Committee, 2001-2002; member of two Continuing Education Task Forces, 1999-2000 and 2002-2003; member of the Los Angeles annual meeting Host Committee, 2002-2003; member of the Theodore Calvin Pease Award committee, 2004-2005; co-chair of the Committee on Education, 2003-2005; and currently as a member of the American Archivist Editorial Board and chair of the newly formed DACS Working Group.