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Patricia Meyer Battin ’51

Patricia, a pioneer in the digital library movement who was lauded for her contributions to book preservation, died April 22, 2019.

A former director of library services and vice president for information services at Columbia University, Patricia went on to become the first president of the Commission on Preservation and Access. In that role, she led the commission’s comprehensive efforts to battle the acid paper problem, and in 1999 she received the National Humanities Medal for her “exemplary public service by organizing and leading a national campaign to save millions of brittle books in America’s libraries and archives.”

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