Roy Tennant worked at OCLC Research from 2007 to August 2018. While here he worked on projects related to improving the technological and bibliographical infrastructure of cultural heritage institutions. Specific areas in which he was active are linked data, open access content, and metadata quality control.

Prior to joining OCLC  in May 2007, Roy worked for the University of California for over 20 years, first at UC Berkeley, then the California Digital Library. His experience included managing the process for UC Berkeley libraries to automate circulation, establishing the first Digital Library SunSITE, and launching the eScholarship Repository and eScholarship Editions for the California Digital Library. 

Roy is the owner of the Web4Lib and XML4Lib electronic discussions, and the creator and editor of Current Cites, a current awareness newsletter published every month for nearly 25 years. 

Roy has written five books on technology in libraries, wrote a column for Library Journal for ten years, and has numerous articles in other professional journals and magazines.  


  • 2005 Emerald Literati Network Award for Excellence, Outstanding Paper, Library Management and Library Studies
  • 2003 LITA/Library Hi Tech Award for Outstanding Communication for Continuing Education in Library and Information Science
  • 1992 Network Citizen Award, Apple Library, Apple Computer, Inc.

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