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Roy Tennant

Roy Tennant

Roy Tennant is an internationally recognized digital librarian, now retired. His last position was as a Senior Program Officer for OCLC Research, where he managed projects relating to technology, infrastructure, and standards. Previous employers included the California Digital Library and the University of California, Berkeley.

Roy is the creator and owner of the Web4Lib and XML4Lib electronic discussions, and the creator and editor of Current Cites, a current awareness newsletter published every month since 1990.

His books include "Technology in Libraries: Essays in Honor of Anne Grodzins Lipow" (2008), "Managing the Digital Library" (2004), "XML in Libraries" (2002), "Practical HTML: A Self-Paced Tutorial" (1996), and "Crossing the Internet Threshold: An Instructional Handbook" (1993). Roy wrote a monthly column on digital libraries for Library Journal for a decade, and a blog for years after that, and has written numerous articles in other professional journals. In 2003, he received the American Library Association's LITA/Library Hi Tech Award for Excellence in Communication for Continuing Education.

Roy is also a commercial whitewater river guide, treehouse builder, (the fourth in his backyard in the Sonoma Valley), husband, and the father of grown twin daughters now in college.

Roy lives in Sonoma, California, United States. 



1. Roy Tennant, "Roy Tennant," (accessed May 21, 2020).

2. OCLC Research, "Roy Tennant," (accessed May 21, 2020).

3. The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), "Roy Tennant,"