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Library Instruction - Philosophy

Molstead Library builds its library instruction principles on the Association of College and Research Libraries' committee document, Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. The committee identified six foundational concepts of information literacy:

  • Authority is Constructed and Contextual
  • Information Creation As a Process
  • Information Has Value
  • Research as Inquiry
  • Scholarship as Conversation
  • Searching as Strategic Exploration

Library Instruction - In Practice

Library Instruction Classroom - Molstead 126


The Library Instruction Classroom (MOL 126) is located on the first floor of the Molstead Library in the south corner of the building. The classroom contains instructional equipment which includes a dual-monitor PC, ELMO Visual Presenter, digital projector and screen, VCR, DVD, and two whiteboards, as well as a rear monitor and classroom speaker/microphone to facilitate online instruction. The 26-seat classroom is arranged around 13 work tables. The classroom can be reconfigured to accommodate instructional needs. The Library also has a portable set of 26 keyboard tablets for instruction use.


The main use of the Library Instruction Classroom is for librarian-led instruction. Classes taught by library personnel will have the highest priority and can override previously scheduled classes reserved by non-library personnel. Although the classroom may be scheduled by North Idaho College faculty for other instructional purposes, it is always with the proviso that students spend a portion of their time in library-related learning activities. Instructors may reserve MOL 126 for instructional purposes up to six, two-hour blocks per class, per semester. Please do not keep your class over the time you have scheduled. The classroom is only available during the library’s regular operating hours.


Email the Reference and Instruction Librarian, or phone ext. 3253 to request a librarian-led instruction session.

Use Guidelines

When arriving to use the Library Instruction Classroom, please proceed to the Information Desk to have the room unlocked. We also ask that you contact the staff working at the Information or Checkout Desks to report any problems with the condition of the room or the equipment. If assistance is needed with equipment, please go to the Information Desk. Users are responsible and accountable for the cleanliness and order of the classroom. Students should never be left unsupervised. When finished, please discard any garbage, clean the white board, and return all library furniture to its proper place.

When leaving the classroom please:

  • Shut down the instruction computer.
  • Turn off the digital projector.
  • Turn off the lights.
  • Close and lock all doors.