Patricia Battin was a librarian who well knew the clutter and chaos of big institutional libraries that never threw anything away. As she rose in her profession in the 1970s and 1980s, she became a champion of reformatting books and old newspapers, using microfilm, computers, and the emerging internet to preserve material and make it accessible while creating more shelf space for new items. Battin, who died on April 22 at 89, was a pioneer and a visionary. Hired in 1974 by Columbia University as its director of library services, she created one of the first electronic card catalogs.
New York Times, June 5