I will look for English language materials on Islam, for myself and for my school collection. I will also look for books on Moroccan art, history, cultures, etc. that may be suitable for my collection. All the while I will keep my eyes wide-open as you never know what you will observe and what you may later gain from that moment.
As the school librarian for more than 2200 students and 130 faculty members, I am responsible for building a fair and accurate collection to enhance teaching and learning at my schools. I plan to use the experiences and learning that takes place in Morocco to inform my collection development in the areas of Islam and global history. My goal is to curate a collection that accurately reflects Islam historically and today.
Preparation During Travel
I will read the suggested reading list, as well as keep abreast of the current criticisms and controversy of the teaching of Islam in American schools today. Specifically, I will consider the teaching of Islam in my school, and whether it promotes a fundamentalist Islamic agenda as many critics contend.