Ultimate responsibility for materials selected for Molstead Library lies with the campus administration and the Board of Trustees. The Board delegates to the Molstead Library Director, the Library Leadership Team, and the Public Services/Collection Development Librarian. The Collection Development Librarian is responsible for selecting library materials and developing the library's collection, as well as maintaining the collection and ensuring it remains in attractive and useful condition. Selection of books, serials, audio-visual, electronic and other library resources shall be made on the basis of their value to NIC's curriculum. No material shall be excluded because of the political, social, religious, or sexual views of the author, producer, etc.
The following criteria are used to determine the selection of specific items (an item need not meet all the criteria to be acceptable):
Molstead Library will purchase, provided an item meets the above criteria, the following:
Molstead Library does not purchase the following materials:
Last Updated: 10.29.20
If you discover that you have a persistent need for a special resource that the library currently does not own, you might consider asking us to purchase it for our collection. Not every purchase request is fulfilled, but all requests are considered. All requests must demonstrate a need related to instruction or some other need related to the Mission, Vision, and Values of North Idaho College. For further information about how the library selects materials for its collection see its Collection Development Policy. Gifts to the Molstead Library are governed by the library's Gift Acceptance Policy.
To request an item be purchased by the library, use the Online Materials Order Form. Or, contact Brian Seguin at 769-3255 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last Updated: 9/30/19
Molstead Library is honored to support the 9 Point Agreement between the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and North Idaho College.
Point One of this document agrees to "provide resources so that the NIC Molstead Library has the most expansive Native American collection in the region." Our Native American collection of over 2,500 items continues to expand with a focus on the indigenous cultures of the Northwest.
In conjunction with the Coeur d'Alene Tribe, the Sqwi'm Reading Room in Molstead Library showcases photos, tribal artifacts and book displays for NIC students and the public. Come learn and rest in this peaceful place.
The Molstead Library welcomes donations of books or other media that enhance and support the teaching and learning missions of North Idaho College. All such gifts are subject to the following conditions:
All Inquiries regarding the donation of materials to be included in the Molstead Library’s collection are handled by the Public Services/Collection Development Librarian at (208) 769-3255. For monetary gifts please contact the NIC Foundation office at (208) 769-5978.
The resources acquired for the Library are selected to meet the teaching, research, and service missions of the College. The presence of a resource does not mean that the Library advocates or endorses the ideas found in that resource. The Library adheres to the principles of intellectual freedom as outlined in the Library Bill of Rights of the American Library Association (ALA). It is the responsibility of the Library to ensure that different points of view are represented in the collection.
The Library Bill of Rights of ALA states “Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves. Materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation” (Article 1); and “Libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues. Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval” (Article 2). Molstead Library also endorses the Freedom to Read Statement, provided by ALA.
Academic Freedom is also outlined and supported within the North ldaho College Faculty Handbook (3.05). “...each faculty has the following prerogative... 1) freedom to choose appropriate pedagogical methods, within recognized professional standards. 2) freedom to present and discuss controversial or unpopular ideas, as long as they relate to the subject matter and are within the limits of the law and not prohibited by the policies of NIC. 3) freedom to select and purchase materials and provide information on subjects (including controversial subjects) in a professionally responsible manner."
Resources in the Library may be challenged by students, faculty, or staff of North Idaho College and those persons who are residents of the five area counties. A challenge to a resource in the Library must be based on the failure of that resource to fall within the Library’s selection criteria policies, including the commitment to intellectual freedom. When challenging an item, the person may request the library take one of two actions; (1) removal of an item because it is inappropriate, or (2) the addition of a source to balance the collection by providing alternative views. The Library may agree to take either action or no action at all. Challenged items will remain on the shelf and available to Library Users during the duration of the challenge.
Those persons wishing to challenge a resource from our collection will be asked to complete a Requests for Reconsideration of Materials' form (below). The completed form will be submitted to the Library Director; the Director will acknowledge receipt of the form via email. The request will then be reviewed by the Library Leadership Team of Molstead Library. The recommendation(s) of the Leadership Team will be sent to the Library Director. The person making the challenge will be notified by the Library Director of the final decision. The appeals process goes first to the Dean of General Studies and then to the President of the College.
Adapted from Clemson University Libraries & Last updated: 09.01.22
Deselection, the permanent removal of materials from the library’s holdings, is an important part of the overall collection development process. Building a viable collection of materials to serve the college community is a dynamic process that includes regular assessment and removal of materials that are outdated, damaged beyond repair, or no longer relevant to the curriculum.
Librarians will review the library collection regularly to identify materials that no longer contribute to the collection. In addition, faculty members are encouraged to review library holdings in their subject areas to identify items that should be withdrawn and bring such materials to the attention of the library staff.
General Deselection Criteria
The following categories of materials will be considered for removal from the collection:
Last Updated: 9/30/19.