Anthea C. Stratigos Profile
Anthea C. Stratigos Profi le
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nese and Religion noted that she was able “to
make the course less expensive for students,
to waste less paper, and to use a wider
variety of materials so that the course was more
engaging.” Another professor noted that the
ACMI helped him “get to know the resources
available through the library better and who
to go to with questions about particular topics.
This has actually proven helpful for both my
teaching and my research.”
Student feedback in course evaluations was
also positive. A student in an awarded course
in ecology and evolutionary biology noted,
“The lack of a textbook and the fact that we
read current and applicable research journal
articles was very useful and I would seek out
courses offering this sort of material in the
future,” and another commented, “As for the
reading material, the online library readings
were EXPONENTIALLY better than a
textbook because I didn’t have to spend money that
I do not have and [the instructor] tailored the
readings so that each reading complemented
At the time that the ACMI was launched,
the UCLA Library was also exploring options
for setting up a journal article subvention
program. Early on, we discussed the equity
challenges between researchers in highly-funded
scientific areas and those researchers in the
arts, humanities, and social sciences. We were
concerned that journal subvention could in fact
perpetuate the inequities currently in the
scholarly publishing environment. Also, a recent
analysis of article processing charges (APCs)
found that APCs from commercial publishers
are significantly higher than those charged by
open access publishers, like BMC and PLoS.1
Finally, a newly-released report from JISC
found that “frequently it was unclear whether
the APC payment was made for an article
to be totally open, embargoed, available for
deposit in a repository”2 This data suggests
that subvention for APCs primarily benefits
large commercial publishers and does little, if
anything, to transform scholarly publishing.
The data also confirms to us that we made the
right decision in launching the ACMI and not
setting up a journal article subvention fund.
Next steps include reporting results to
our current campus partners and securing
funding for the ACMI’s next phase. We also
plan to identify additional campus partners,
including deans, chairs, student government
officers, and other campus leaders. We hope
to continue to more fully integrate the ACMI
against the grain
d Born & lived: In Paris as did my parents and grandparents.
ProFeSSionAl CAreer And ACTiviTieS: Worked as a publisher until 1990. Since
u then, CEO of Aux Amateurs de Livres/ AMALIVRE. I am also member of the board of a
a publishing company and a Parisian Hospital.
FAMil Y: I have been married for 34 years. My wife works part-time in the company. Our
u eldest daughter died accidently in 2002. Our second daughter is married and has two
fo children. Our son, 28, is working in an IT company, and our youngest daughter (24) is still
e a student. She is currently in Cambodia for a six-month placement at a local newspaper.
h in MY SPAre TiMe: I have enjoyed little spare time in the last two years. However, I like
c visiting museums and exhibitions, and I enjoy sports — skiing in winter and jogging — as
o regularly as possible.
FAvoriTe BooKS: Hard to mention just a few, but I like everything dealing with the 18th
Rand 19th centuries either in literature or history.
a PeT PeeveS: Lack of respect for others and for the environment in which we live
PHiloSoPHY: Whatever you do, do it well
GoAl i HoPe To ACHieev Fiev Ye ArS FroM noW: To be recognized as the preeminent
e supplier of French and francophone books to libraries and to develop a range of services
d adapted to their evolving needs.
HoW/WHere do i See THe indUSTr Y in Five YeArS: In five years, I see print format
maintaining its predominant role in book publishing — on the order of 80% — at least
for France, because French publishing is evolving very slowly toward a model that is truly
adapted to libraries. In addition, I think that if libraries are the “curators of knowledge,”
paper has, up until now, proven to be the only medium that has demonstrated its longevity.
As concerns library functions, vendors should be ready to respond to increasing demands
for outsourcing not only for the selection of materials but also for the associated technical
services such as MARC21 and RDA cataloging and shelf-ready processing. AMALIVRE
is actively preparing for this by strengthening our teams in these areas.
into the suite of library services we offer to the
campus and to broaden the number of faculty
and students that benefit from the program.
Our initial results in both qualitative and
quantitative terms have more than met our
expectations. The diversity of campus interest
as evidenced in Figure 1 above is exciting
and we hope to see this initial trend continue.
The ACMI provides a model built on
ongoing engagement of library-led
interdisciplinary teams to customize support to best
meet the needs of our faculty and students.
Do the collections created through the ACMI
represent the future of textbooks on our
campus? It’s hard to know at this point, but this
initiative will help us assess how our
collections are used by our community and guide
us as we build collections that are integral to
teaching and learning.
We look forward to continuing our
work with faculty and students and to
integrating this work throughout the
library and across all disciplines and
departments on campus. Doing so will
require utilizing the full array of library
staff and resources and to integrate this
initiative into the routine activities related
to teaching and learning support and
collection building. As more OERs are created,
described, and discovered, the long-term
goals of educational access and affordability
become more attainable. The ACMI is a step
in this direction.
1. Bo-Christer Bjork and David Solomon.
March 2014. Developing an Effective
Market for Open Access Article Processing
Charges. Available Online: www.wellcome.
2. Hazel M. Woodward and Helen L. Henderson . May 2014 . Report for JISC Collections on Total Cost of Ownership Project: Data Capture and Process . InformationPower: Available Online: https://www. jisc-collections.ac.uk/Global/News%20 files%20and% 20docs/IPL-Jisc-Total-Costof-Ownership- Data- Capture -Report.pdf.
Against the Grain / November 2014