September 26, 2023

Roy Tennant About Roy Tennant

Roy Tennant is a Senior Program Officer for OCLC Research. He 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 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 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. Follow him on Twitter @rtennant.


  1. Rocki Strader says:

    Does OCLC have an example of a Bibliographic Graph that it can share?

  2. Roy, thank you for articulating this. There is so much misguided talk about linked data in the bibliographic world. Ultimately, it will not be a matter of libraries populating their metadata with URIs, but simply pointing their holdings to a single URI which itself is an authoritative representation of a bibliographic entity (ideally, at the manfestation level, in FRBR-speak). Libraries should only have to generate data for material unique to their collection. Of course, generating and exposing this data is complex, and should not be something metadata creators should have to worry about – it is the responsibility of the metadata system. Thanks again.

  3. What are the “transformative potential it has for our workflows and user interfaces”? And what does that even mean for the users?
    What are bibliographic records other than contextualizations of atomic (linked) data?