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Gaming in Libraries gets press, sort of


Image used from Flickr.  CC ownership by j.c. westbrook.

Image used from Flickr. CC ownership by j.c. westbrook.

From a recent post on Game Couch, a Nebraska news team forgot to actually investigate their reporting and claimed that the public libraries in their towns were buying video gaming equipment and using them on taxpayer supported time. 

The reality was that the outreach program involving video games has been around for some time and is supported by those approving the library funding.

I would call them “gotcha” media, but it doesn’t work if the media reporter looks like the fool.

I believe that this may be their next teaser: 

Tomorrow on Action News, the libraries are using tax payer dollars to buy books on Socialism and then encouraging your kids to take them and read them for free. We’ll show you the reactions by Joe 6-pack right after our ongoing coverage of several, local, untamed bears defecating in a wooded area…

  1. 03/05/2009 at 9:35 am

    If anyone’s interested, I’m a Nebraska game blogger. I’ve got a solid writeup on this debacle with pictures, videos, etc.

    I’ve got a more detailed story on my site here: http://tinyurl.com/cornfedgamer

    What was going on here was the Library Commission was posting videos and photographs to help train member libraries 1) how to set up and play video games, 2) how said games can be used to bolster library programming and 3) train member libraries on how to use Web 2.0 as a cheap method of communication and training.

    Kudos to the NLC!

    • 03/05/2009 at 1:39 pm

      Thanks for the wonderful info. I am glad to see a positive come from this negative start.


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