The Seven Pillars of Information Literacy model

The Seven Pillars model was designed to be a practical working model which would facilitate further development of ideas amongst practitioners in the field and would hopefully stimulate debate about the ideas and about how those ideas might be used by library and other staff in higher education concerned with the development of students' skills. The model combines ideas about the range of skills involved with both the need to clarify and illustrate the relationship between information skills and IT skills, and the idea of progression in higher education embodied in the development of the curriculum through first-year undergraduate up to postgraduate and research-level scholarship.

In 2004, five years after the model was first introduced in "Information skills in higher education: a SCONUL position paper", the model was redesigned. Four versions of the original model were created to aid clarity in the presentation of the model. This page presents all four of the new models, which can be downloaded and saved to facilitate further development.

Colour, Portrait
Black and white, Portrait
Image of the Seven Pillars of Information Literacy, colour, portrait. Image of the Seven Pillars of Information Literacy, black and white, portrait.
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Colour, Landscape Black and white, Landscape
Image of the Seven Pillars of Information Literacy, colour, landscape. Image of the Seven Pillars of Information Literacy, black and white, landscape.
PDF | GIF PDF | GIF

 

All models are available in PDF and image (GIF) formats. The PDF format is best suited to printing unedited, the GIF format is ideal for inserting into documents or presentations. You will require Adobe Acrobat Reader on your computer to access the PDF format files.

To save a PDF version of the model you require, click on the PDF link and use the "Save a copy" within Adobe Acrobat Reader.

To save a GIF version of the model you require, click on the GIF link, right click on the image and select "Save Picture As..."

For further assistance on the use of these files, please contact Selena Lock on S.A.Lock@Cranfield.ac.uk

Copyright:
SCONUL permits reasonable reproduction or distribution of the Seven Pillars of Information Literacy model within educational institutions and publicly-funded libraries, either by private persons for their own private use, or by the institutions themselves for their own purposes, provided that due acknowledgement is made.

No specific consent need be sought for the uses described above. For all other purposes, apart from acts permitted by UK law, no reproduction, distribution nor extraction of any part of these pages in any medium may be carried out without SCONUL's written consent.

Feedback request:
The WGIL is always interested in feedback on the Seven Pillars of Information Literacy model, and on examples of institutional strategies, policies and measures for Information Literacy education.

Updated October 2006 by Selena Lock S.A.Lock@Cranfield.ac.uk.