mdoneil writes "In a nearby town a library (a very nice new library) installed a video camera in its elevator. The video camera captured a patron doing something that was ostensibly illegal.
The library informed authorities and provided the electronic record of the alleged crime. The police charged the patron with a crime.
Why does this differ from the Newton story? In this case the library staff furnished the police with evidence obtained electronically, in Newton the library staff refused to allow the police to search for evidence.
I have a great problem with librarians talking out of both side of their mouths at once. Either you can, or you cannot reveal patron actions recorded electronically.
For more on the story see an interview with the Assistant Director here."