Here is an interesting online program on rural libraries. According to the site, you can partcipate if you have a web browser. Here is the info from the OPAL website:
Sustaining the Rural Library: A Discussion of Current Trends Facing Public Libraries What are the current trends and issues affecting the operation and administration of rural public libraries? What are some strategies for sustaining rural libraries? Join Dr. Bernard Vavrek for a discussion of current challenges and future opportunities for rural public libraries. Bernard Vavrek is Professor of Library Science and Chair of the Department of Library Science at Clarion University of Pennsylvania. He is also director of the Center for the Study of Rural Librarianship, an entity dedicated to supporting rural and small libraries across the United States. He is an active member of the American Library Association and the Association of Rural and Small Libraries. Currently, he serves in an advisory role to the Rural Library Sustainability Project, and MaintainIT, two programs sponsored by the Gates Foundation. His teaching specialties include reference resources, rural library services, marketing, and public access computers.
Its on October 4th and starts at 9 AM. If you can't make it to the live broadcast, they let you listen to an archived Podcast of the event.