Omaha’s Action News 3 is running an exposé on some Nebraska Library Commission employees who posted a video of themselves setting up and playing Rock Band on company time. But did the workers do anything wrong? From the Action News report:
Were some Nebraska state workers paid to play? A video that appeared on YouTube is creating a firestorm of reaction and suggests so… Employees at the Nebraska Library Commission are accused of wasting [taxpayer money] and then posting video and pictures of the whole thing on line.
Nebraska State Auditor Mike Foley told Action News that a YouTube user spotted the video at left and made a complaint, leading to an investigation by Foley’s office. However, Library Commission Director Rob Wagner has backed up his employees:
In a phone interview… Wagner says the workers did nothing wrong. He says the library system is branching out into video games to bring more young people into the libraries.
GP: While library systems around the country are increasingly adopting video games in an effort to attract teens and stay culturally relevant, that word seems not to have filtered back to either Action News 3 or the Nebraska Auditor General’s office.
If libraries are going to offer games like Rock Band, wouldn’t it make sense for the employees to at least know how to set them up and be able to explain them to library users?
It’s too bad that the local media and the state bureacracy is screwing them over for their efforts at innovation.