November 30, 2022

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. “The images are only loosely connected to the numbers. Stop putting an icon of a book next to the number of book checkouts. Just stop”

    Roy, I am so with you on this. I have seen so many presentations, posters, etc by librarians with redundant images that add no value. Majority of my librarian colleagues vehemently justify that they are necessary with very weak reasons. Almost laughable. E.g. “But don’t you think this picture is SOOOO cute?”; “But I just *feel* this image is important”; “Without the image, the whole thing looks too blank, that’s not acceptable”.

    We are still the minority Roy, the number of librarians with a preference for what you’ve listed as “signs of bad infographics” are just too way many, and many of them in senior positions.

    • I hear you, but I will not stop fighting the good fight. I’ve lost many a good fight in the past, but I can’t ever give up hope that things can’t be improved. Call me a hopeless romantic.