Librarians in Nebraska are under investigation by local news media and the state after a youtube video surfaced of these book-lovers setting up and playing Rock Band and Dance Dance Revolution.
The ten-minute video, set to perennial Benny Hill Show favorite "Yackity-Sax," does in fact show workers installing and setting up Rock Band. Some are angry. After investigating the Library Commissions' funds, Nebraska State Auditor Mike Foley said, "Sure enough it was state money that was used. It was state employees on state time during work hours playing with and setting up a play station video game system."
The Director of Nebraska Library Commission, Rob Wagner, says the library system is branching out into video games to bring more young people into the libraries and the workers did nothing wrong.
Most librarians I've known are surprisingly cool. They are dedicated people who like education, books and kids. I'd speculate that the librarians in Nebraska are buying game systems to draw kids to the library by actually making the place relevant to the interests and lifestyles of the people in the community. Shocking, right? After purchasing the games and systems, the librarians set them up and tried them out. Amazing, right?
Rather than being hounded by local investigative reporters and state auditors, someone should give these librarians a pat on their back, a new bookmark, as well as a raise. The people in Nebraska who are outraged over this should really find something else to worry about. Aren't there any cows that need tipping?
The shocking video is embedded below.