SUMMARY. As technology for distance education continues to advance, new and different ways of delivering instruction are developed which compel new and different pedagogy for distance education. These in turn compel new studies and research. One area of study is the place of culture in distance education. The ways in which cultural factors shape interaction and perceptions in distance education are described. These provide librarians and other information professionals with further understanding about distance education and its implications to their work. In having this understanding, librarians and information professionals will be better situated for developing and implementing library and information services to instructors, administrators, and student participants in distance education. [Article copies available for a fee from The Haworth Document Delivery Service: 1-800-HAWORTH. E-mail address: <email@example.com> Website: <http://www.HaworthPress.com> 2002 by The Haworth Press, Inc. All rights reserved.]
KEYWORDS. Distance learning, culture and education, virtual reference services
Distance education has become almost a common component of education, particularly in higher education and corporate training. This increase in dis-
[Haworth co-indexing entry note]: “Implications of Culture in Distance Education.” Salvatore, Cecilia. Co-published simultaneously in The Reference Librarian (The Haworth Information Press, an imprint of The Haworth Press, Inc.) No. 77, 2002, pp. 107-119; and: Distance Learning: Information Access and Services for Virtual Users (ed: Hemalata Iyer) The Haworth Information Press, an imprint of The Haworth Press, Inc., 2002, pp. 107-119. Single or multiple copies of this article are available for a fee from The Haworth Document Delivery Service [1-800-HAWORTH, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (EST). E-mail address: getinfo@haworthpressinc. com].