Nebraska State Auditor Mike Foley slammed the NE Library Commission over the purchase of a Playstation console and the posting of a Youtube video promoting gaming in the library. The news story at the Lincoln Journal Star is here. From my limited perspective, it sounds like the library spent less than $500 on equipment that can be used to put on a few years of programming. Is that really irresponsible?
This really sounds like a case of a clueless bureaucrat to me. Libraries have been providing media other than books for years: music, movies, software, and games. Does anyone really not know this? Why isn't the headline "Creative librarians take advantage of free web media to promote programs for kids"?
The NLC drafted a great response to the auditor's report.