In LIB 118W, students examine the dynamics of libraries located within rural and small-town areas. Many factors limit the effectiveness of library services in these areas, including staffing, healthcare, resource sharing, community engagement, technological infrastructure, postsecondary educational opportunities, and state and local funding. The culminating research project is a SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) of a library and its community. Leading up to this project, students engage in activities related to it: e.g. writing reflection papers, reading scholarly and other sources, participating in online discussions, and the like.