Director of Access & Policy, Elsevier

125 London Wall, London, EC2Y 5AS, United Kingdom
Phone:  +44 7823536826  •  <a.wise@elsevier.com>
http://www.elsevier.com/about/open-science/open-access

Born and lived:  Born in Florida, have lived all over the U.S. and now in the UK.intv_photo_alicia_wise

Early life:  Yes, I had one.

Professional career and activities:  Ph.D. in Anthropology/Archaeology from UNC-Chapel Hill.  After leaving archaeology, I worked at the JISC, Publishers Licensing Society, the Publishers Association, and now Elsevier.

Family:  Husband and two sons and two cats, plus a ginormous extended family in Florida and Ohio.

In my spare time I LIKE:  Gardening, reading, walking.

Favorite books:  Right now I am binging on the Deed of Paksenarion trilogy by Elizabeth Moon.

Pet peeves:  Anti-publisher sentiment from librarians, or anti-librarian sentiment from publishers.  Grrrrrrrr!

Philosophy:  I’m not so fancy as to have a philosophy, but try very hard to listen well, be pragmatic, and work hard and in collaboration with others.

Most memorable career achievement:  Hopefully still to come in information provision.  In archaeology it was perhaps discovering the northernmost amphitheatre in the Roman Empire.

Goal I hope to achieve five years from now:  It would be terrific to help create a world in which any blind or dyslexic person could confidently walk into any bookshop or library (or access those services online), in confidence that they will find any book they want in a format entirely accessible to them.

How/where do I see the industry in five years:  Still changing very rapidly, driven by technological changes, and much more collaborative and social and open.

 

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