The RWU Library welcomed two Moroccan librarians for the week of October 19-26 as part of a collaborative initiative between RWU’s Spiegel Center for Global and International Programs and Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco. The University Library was honored to host the Mohammed VI Library’s Associate Director, Connell Monette, and Multimedia Librarian, Aziz El Hassani, for a week of dialogue and information sharing among librarians.

IMG_1957pictured above: Juliane Shindo, Connell Monette, Aziz El Hassani, Hassnaa Qara and Kate Greene


The purpose of their visit was to continue a partnership with the University that has been cultivated over the last few years. Interim Dean Betsy Peck Learned set up meetings with the Moroccan librarians and RWU librarians based on their areas of interest. Of interest to Dr. Monette was NEASC accreditation, Open Educational Resources (OER), and managing electronic book collections. Mr. El Hassani’s interests included information literacy instruction, managing multimedia collections, and human rights and freedom of expression initiatives, such as Scholars at Risk. The visit provided the librarians from both universities with the opportunity to compare information on providing services to students, work practices, and common challenges such as accreditation and e-books.IMG_1887pictured above: Hassnaa Qara, Connell Monette, and Aziz El Hassani

In addition to visiting the library, Dr. Monette, Mr. El Hassani, and their colleague, Hassnaa Qara, were hosted by Kate Greene, Director of International Program Development of the Spiegel Center, and Don Mays, Director of the Intercultural Center, who introduced them to the University and the region with visits to Boston, Providence, and Newport. Future collaborations may include sharing curriculum virtually between our two institutions and further collaboration between the libraries.