The study is a unique example of action research based on varied levels of participation in rural research and action, learning through collaboration, community inquiry into everyday experiences and potential impact, use of mixed methods, and the situated nature of applications and concrete outcomes. It serves as a pilot case experience and prototype assessment test bed to expand strategies for the entire Appalachian region and other rural environments in the future.
The authors appreciate the recently awarded PLSB-TN grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ National Leadership Grants for Libraries (Research category) reported in this chapter. We also gratefully acknowledge the generous contributions of various library stakeholders, PLSB-TN partners, and collaborators as well as respondents from the small business community who participated in this research. Thanks to Abbey Elder for loaning her calculation skills.
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