The local association, Amezray SMNID and the owners of the igherm have reached the final stage of drafting the library’s management plan. Once this management plan is signed by both the association, the igherm owners, and project manager, Cloe Medina Erickson, the final stage of construction can begin. This spring the drafting of the management plan for the library was given to Amezray SMNID, which is a local and legally registered Moroccan community association. Throughout the spring and summer, Youssef Oulcadi, the association president has been working with the community to draft a community-wide plan that will discuss all details of the library management including income, financial reporting, librarian job description, operating hours, and more.
“The process of creating a community-wide agreeable plan is very important for the sustainability of the project,’ stated Oulcadi. “Without taking the appropriate amount of time to draft this plan we would risk the outcome of the entire project.”
Oulcadi anticipates that the plan will be finished by September 2011 and signed by all responsible parties in October.
Additionally, in July the Moroccan American Commission for Cultural Exchange (MACECE) visited the project with their Fulbright-Hayes Summer Seminar group, which included 15 American academics and scholars representing their affiliated universities. The MACECE group visited the igherm and learned about all of the Atlas Cultural Foundation’s work in the region.