Part 3 in the series is going to have to wait a day or so. Visiting friend number three woke up this morning, her day to travel (4:30 p.m. flight) with a horrendous stomach flu. After 2 hours, it was clear that she should not be traveling that day and we managed to get her flight switched. I'm sure all will be well soon.
In the meantime, however, I invite you to visit Clio's Disciple, who has posted a nice piece on working in smallish local archives, which present their own challenges and rewards. And if anyone has other posts that they'd like linked to this series, feel free to post them in the comments (though I'll practice a strict deletion policy on anything spammy).