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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


To 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: