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    February 17th, 2021LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    Leiden / Boston / Paderborn / Singapore / Beijing – 17 February 2021

    Brill, the international scholarly publisher, is delighted to announce a new Open Access collaboration with ‘Open Philology: The Composition of Buddhist Scriptures’ (OpenPhilology), funded by the European Research Council. The resulting book series Buddhist Open Philology Project will publish translations of scriptures, text editions, and studies, on the select corpus of Mahāyāna Buddhist scriptures (sūtra), the Mahāratnakūṭa collection of 49 sūtras. All volumes in the series will be published in Open Access with Brill.

    While random scriptures have been translated into English and published, both as books and online, no venue exists as of yet for accessible yet reliable editions and annotated translations of these fundamental documents of the Asian Buddhist tradition. The Buddhist Open Philology Project will not only be invaluable to scholars of Asian Studies and Religious Studies, but will also be of great interest to Western Buddhists.

    Prof. Dr. Jonathan Silk, Principal Investigator of OpenPhilology, comments: “The Buddhist Open Philology Project (BOPP) is a Leiden University based and ERC-funded group engaged in critical studies of Buddhist scriptures (sūtras). The publication series now launched with Brill will present for the first time Open Access available editions, with annotated English translations, of Indian Buddhist texts, based on their sources in Sanskrit, Tibetan and Chinese. Brill is the perfect home for this new series given its centuries long commitment to scholarly editions and its more recent innovative presentations of Open Access publications.”

    “We are proud to work with Prof. Dr. Silk on developing and shaping the main results of his ERC research project,” says Dr. Jasmin Lange, Brill’s Chief Publishing Officer. “We are excited to unveil a fundamental corpus of texts on the Asian Buddhist tradition that was not available until now. Open Access has never been more appropriate.”

    For more information on this project visit or contact Stephanie Paalvast, manager Open Access at Brill, via

    About Brill
    Founded in 1683 in Leiden, the Netherlands, Brill is a leading international academic publisher in Middle East and Islamic Studies, Asian Studies, Classical Studies, History, Biblical and Religious Studies, Languages & Linguistics, Literature & Cultural Studies, Philosophy, Biology, Education, Social Sciences and International Law. With offices in Leiden (NL), Boston (US), Paderborn (GER), Singapore (SG) and Beijing (CN), Brill today publishes over 300 journals and close to 1,400 new books and reference works each year, available in print and online. Brill also markets a large number of primary source research collections and databases. The company’s key customers are academic and research institutions, libraries, and scholars. Brill is a publicly traded company and is listed on Euronext Amsterdam NV. For further information, please visit

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    February 17th, 2021LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    DUBLIN, Ohio, 16 February 2021—Fayetteville Public Library in Fayetteville, Arkansas, has signed on to implement OCLC Wise, the community engagement system for U.S. public libraries.

    Wise is a holistic system that takes community engagement and collection management to a new level by combining the power of customer relationship management, marketing, and analytics with integrated library system (ILS) functionality, such as circulation and acquisitions. Wise is different; it’s designed around people, not the collection. It supports libraries’ continued shift into dynamic centers of activity and expands the impact libraries have on their communities.

    Fayetteville Public Library (FPL) is putting the finishing touches on a major expansion and renovations—part of FPL’s 2030 Master Plan—which is now open to the public. Implementation of OCLC Wise is the next big step in the library’s transformation.

    “The goal of Fayetteville Public Library is to create the ultimate library experience for our community every day. Why? Because we care about the welfare of everyone,” said FPL Executive Director David Johnson. “We get that same feeling from the OCLC team and their Wise system. OCLC cares about our ability to deliver the highest level of service, and they’re willing to roll up their sleeves and work alongside us. That’s what a true partnership is all about.”

    As FPL staff planned their state-of-the-art expansion, they considered the needs of their community—which included new focus on job training, culinary literacy, more youth services, among others. Some staff even had an opportunity to visit DOKK1, one of the most innovative new libraries in the world, in Aarhus, Denmark.

    “FPL is deeply rooted in and engaged with their local community,” said Mary Sauer Games, OCLC Vice President, Global Product Management. “The staff wants the best for their community so they have been seeking inspiration from some of the best libraries in the world. FPL’s connection to the people they serve and their vision for the future make them ideal partners for OCLC and Wise. We look forward to seeing what we can accomplish together.”

    “Wise is going to be a game changer for Fayetteville Public Library patrons,” said Johnson. “Our community will be impressed that not only do we have this beautiful facility, but we’re also adding infrastructure and technologies that are focused on them. We can customize our system and services to meet our needs, and really make it our Fayetteville Public Library.”

    Learn more about Wise at

    About OCLC
    OCLC is a nonprofit global library cooperative providing shared technology services, original research and community programs so that libraries can better fuel learning, research and innovation. Through OCLC, member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the most comprehensive global network of data about library collections and services. Libraries gain efficiencies through OCLC’s WorldShare, a complete set of library management applications and services built on an open, cloud-based platform. It is through collaboration and sharing of the world’s collected knowledge that libraries can help people find answers they need to solve problems. Together as OCLC, member libraries, staff and partners make breakthroughs possible.

    About Fayetteville Public Library
    Fayetteville Public Library was founded in 1916 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Fayetteville Public Library received Library Journal’s Library of the Year award, was named an American Landmark Library by TravelSmart and Best Library in NWA by Citiscapes. Its existing Blair building was the first in Arkansas to be registered with the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification program. Its vision is to be a public institution that is powerfully relevant and completely accessible. Visit for more information.

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