Roy Tennant

Senior Program Officer

Roy Tennant

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.

WorldCat Identities Page


    Retrospective Accessioning

    16 September 2021

    Chela Scott Weber

    Retrospective accessioning is a practice that holistically identifies and attends to gaps in accessioning practice. This preprint is designed to help develop an appropriate retrospective accessioning project at your institution. 

    United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Study 2021

    1 September 2021


    Libraries bring unique strengths and collective strength to global sustainability challenges. To inspire more conversations, expanded engagement, and action that leads to impact, OCLC Global Council set its FY21 area of focus on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

    Mobilizing community to transition to the next generation of metadata

    1 July 2021

    Titia van der Werf

    This article highlights community and stakeholder mobilization initiatives in the library and heritage sectors that help in the transition to the next generation of metadata. We draw from the Next Generation of Metadata round table discussions organized by OCLC Research in March 2021. 

    Using collective curation to pay data forward in the life cycle

    11 June 2021

    Ixchel M. Faniel

    Drawing from a study of archaeological excavation teams, four collective curation opportunities are proposed to identify and resolve differences in data and documentation practices that arise in team-based research. To create more integrated, well-documented data, the opportunities attend to integrating people rather than technology. The actions people take as data move through the life cycle become the focal point of change.

    Research Methods in Library and Information Science, 7th Edition

    12 May 2021

    Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Marie L. Radford

    The seventh edition of this frequently adopted textbook features new or expanded sections on social justice research, data analysis software, scholarly identity research, social networking, data science, and data visualization, among other topics.