Open access is one of the holy gifts of the internet, a boon to scholars and procrastinators alike, though the two aren't mutually exclusive by any means. Yale recently announced it made its “vast cultural resources” available through a project called the Yale Digital Commons. Now, you can peruse more than 250,000 digital images in the collections of the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, the Yale University Art Gallery, the Yale Center for British Art and the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History. The Yale Office of Digital Access and Infrastructure (ODAI) is spearheading the initiative. Already, visitors can subscribe to Yale University on iTunes — and stream entire semesters of lectures on every topic from epidemics in Western society to the failure of capitalism to digital preservation. But the Digital Commons makes Yale's holdings searchable and sharable. Users can now tag an Ed Ruscha book with “palm trees” or “California” or “pop art” and then text the listing to a friend — or view it alongside a Paul Klee book. In a written statement, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Director Mariet Wessman said that, “Yale's new policy provides an important model to follow.”