In a delightful turn of events, Yale University decided to make large bits of its library holdings available as e-books and e-journals so students may more easily search for relevancy based on the actual text of books and journals instead of only by their abstracts or a publisher’s promotional blurp.

That sort of self-sustained effort by Yale is a fine example of self-initiated institutional intellectual prosperity that doesn’t mandate the inclusion of an outside, for-profit, enterprise that skews the good intentions of a model program.

If more universities offered e-books and e-journals for use by their students and faculty — and even the outside world — we would then begin to even out the inequity in library holdings across the United States and the fount of knowledge that yearns to be free in the world will begin to trickle down into all open minds to be shared with the universe at large.