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.

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    Call to Action: Public Libraries and the Opioid Crisis

    26 February 2020

    Scott G. Allen, Larra Clark, Michele Coleman, Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Chris Cyr, Kendra Morgan, Mercy Procaccini

    OCLC has partnered with the Public Library Association (PLA) to issue Call to Action: Public Libraries and the Opioid Crisis, a report that offers strategies for public libraries to consider as they determine a local response to the nationwide opioid crisis. This is the culminating output from the IMLS-funded project Public Libraries Respond to the Opioid Crisis with Their Communities.

    Reciprocal On-Site Access: Sharing Information by Sharing Library Spaces

    1 February 2020

    Beth Posner, Dennis Massie, Jennifer DeVito, Katharine Haldeman

    On-site reciprocal access to libraries is a valuable benefit of consortial membership. This article details its advantages, offers a sample of some ways in which consortia facilitate such access and reviews the work of the authors, within the SHARES consortium, in this area.

    Reflections on Collective Collections

    16 January 2020

    Brian Lavoie, Lorcan Dempsey, Constance Malpas

    Collective collections are the combined holdings of a group of libraries, analyzed and possibly managed as a unified resource. Constructing, understanding, and operationalizing collective collections is an increasingly important aspect of collection management for many libraries. This article presents some general insights about collective collections, drawn from a series of studies conducted by OCLC.

    Exploring Models for Shared Identity Management at a Global Scale: The Work of the PCC Task Group on Identity Management in NACO

    9 December 2019

    Erin Stalberg, John Riemer, Andrew MacEwan, Jennifer A. Liss, Violeta Ilik, Stephen Hearn, Jean Godby, Paul Frank, Michelle Durocher, Amber Billey

    This paper discusses the efforts of the PCC Task Group on Identity Management in NACO to explore and advance identity management activities.

    Responsible Operations: Data Science, Machine Learning, and AI in Libraries

    8 December 2019

    Thomas Padilla

    Responsible Operations is intended to help chart library community engagement with data science, machine learning, and artificial intelligence (AI) and was developed in partnership with an advisory group and a landscape group comprised of more than 70 librarians and professionals from universities, libraries, museums, archives, and other organizations.