Use of the framework

The National Information Literacy Framework (Scotland) defines information literacy learning in terms of:


  • skills, knowledge and understanding
  • examples of an information task/s at that level
  • exemplars of how  the skills, knowledge and understanding at this level have been mapped into specific subjects or course design (see case studies / exemplars of good practice link within each of the sections added through the piloting /working with project partners)
  • assessment level and criteria if the person is to be assessed


It can be used by:


  • institutions such as schools, colleges and universities
  • learning centres
  • workplaces or professional bodies 



  • support the embedding of information literacy in programmes of learning and teaching across the curricula
  • articulate the standards that can be expected:

§ within each level of the identified educational sectors (schools, further education, higher education)

§ of new entrants to that sector whether through progressing from one sector to another or as direct entrants

§ of employees entering the workplace


  • inform the development of information literacy within learning centres and workplaces workshops and training sessions.

 For ease of use the framework has been divided into the following sections:




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