Touro University

Touro University Libraries

Academic Library · United States


Sara Tabaei, Library Information Literacy Director
Phone: 212-463-0400 ext. 55233

Program Overview

1. The Open Touro Initiative is an effort by Touro Libraries to support faculty across the Touro system in adopting, adapting, and authoring open educational resources for their teaching. 2. Our institutional repository, Touro Scholar, is a platform to promote open access to academic research, and host peer-reviewed journals, student journals, in-house newsletters, and more.
  • Publishing activities began: 2009
  • Stage of publishing efforts: 2 - Early
  • Open access focus: Central to mission
  • Portion of Open Access publications: Some
  • Publishing Languages: English

Program Organization

  • Organization of publishing services: Centralized library publishing unit/department
  • Advisory/editorial board: No
  • Total staffing in Full Time Equivalents (FTE): 2.5
  • Individual people: 3
  • Students: Graduate student(s)
  • Funding sources: Grants, Library operating budget

Publishing Activities

  • Educational resources
  • Electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs)
  • Journals
  • Newsletters

Journal Publishing:
  • Journals published: 2
  • Campus-based student-created: 2
  • Peer-reviewed: 1
  • Currently inactive or archived: 1


Top Publications:
  • The Science Journal of the Lander College of Arts and Sciences (student journal)
Disciplinary Specialties:
  • Health and allied health sciences
  • Medicine
  • Education
  • Jewish studies


  • Internal partners:  Individual faculty, Graduate students
  • Other publishing entities administered by your library: No
  • Other publishing entities within your library’s parent institution: No
  • Program’s openness to working with external partners: Only work with internal partners
  • Part of a consortium which provides support for publishing? (e.g. platform, funding): No

Technologies & Services

Media Formats:
  • audio
  • images
  • text
  • video
Software & Platforms:
  • Digital Commons (bepress)
  • Pressbooks
  • WordPress

Additional Services:
  • author advisory - copyright
  • analytics
  • cataloging
  • copyediting
  • DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers
  • marketing
  • outreach
  • peer review management
  • typesetting
Digital Preservation Strategy:
  • Amazon S3


Additional Information

Future Plans:
We are continuing the OER Faculty Fellowship project through the generosity of the Office of the Provost, which provides a small stipend for participating faculty. We are in the third year of this faculty fellowship program now. Additionally, the School of Health Sciences of Touro University in New York plans to produce an in-house open journal that will be published and hosted on Touro Scholar, our institutional repository.