160: Roy Tennant

Steve chats with Roy Tennant, digital librarian (now retired), about how he first saw the link between libraries and technology, his work at the University of California, creating one of the longest-running web publications in Current Cites, and what technological challenges still face libraries today.

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.

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