Model small libraries

Discussing small libraries does not simply mean comparing them with libraries that are objectively larger (in terms of the means available to them): it often means judging them unfavourably against the influential model of the central library, with smaller libraries being seen as little more than local satellite branches. Smaller libraries are unfairly undervalued by this one-dimensional approach: they deserve to be seen in a different light, particularly in the digital age and the far-reaching changes it is bringing about. They deserve to be explored from a dynamic perspective that takes full account of the significance of their action and the potentially rich interface they offer.