Acquisitions And Resources Fulfillment Librarian
University Libraries

Robert Tench

4000 Perry Library
Norfolk, 23529

Ed.D. in Leadership, Virginia Commonwealth University, (2016)

M.S. in Library Science, Catholic University of America, (1985)

B.A. in History, Christopher Newport University, (1978)

Certificate in University Financial Management
Sponsoring Organization: Old Dominion University
Date Obtained: 2008-12-01
Certificate in Preservation Management
Sponsoring Organization: Solinet (Southeastern Library Network)
Date Obtained: 2008-09-25
Certificate - Supervisor Essentials Program Training Program Completion
Sponsoring Organization: Old Dominion University
Date Obtained: 2008-04-01
Certificate, Senior Executive Leadership Program
Sponsoring Organization: University of Virginia C. Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service
Date Obtained: 2006-11-01
Certified Laubach Literacy tutor
Sponsoring Organization: City of Newport News
Date Obtained: 1995-08-01
Certified Librarian - State of Virginia
Sponsoring Organization: Commonwealth of Virginia
Date Obtained: 1986-05-01


Research Methods in Library Science


(2022). Best Reference, 2021. Library Journal 147 (3) , pp. 26-33.
Tench, F. Robert. (2022). Report of the ALA Core Creative Ideas in Technical Services Internet Group Discussion Forum from the ALA Annual Conference 2021, Online, June 25, 2021. Technical Services Quarterly/Taylor and Francis 39 (1) , pp. 57-63.
Tench, F. Robert. (2021). Best Reference, 2020. Library Journal 146 (3) , pp. 38-44.
Tench, F. Robert. (2020). Best Reference, 2019. Library Journal 145 (3) , pp. 30-42.
(2019). Implementation of a Print DDA Program at Old Dominion University Libraries. Technical Services Quarterly 36 (4).
Tench, F. Robert. (2019). Best Reference, 2018. Library Journal 144 (2) , pp. 68-76.
Tench, F. Robert. (2018). Best reference 2017. Library Journal 143 (4) , pp. 30-34, 38.
(2017). Implementation of a Self-Directed Training Program at Old Dominion University Libraries. Virginia Libraries 62 (5).
(2017). Migrating to Alma Acquisitions: One Library's Experience . Against the Grain 29 (4) , pp. 66-67.
Tench, F. Robert. (2017). Best Reference 2016. Library Journal 142 (8) , pp. 30-40.
(2015). Emotional Intelligence: An Essential Leadership Trait for Educators. William & Mary Educational Review 4 (1).
Tench, F. Robert. (2014). Setting the Stage: Scenario Planning for Acquisitions. Against the Grain 26 (5).
Tench, F. Robert. (2014). Taking Advantage of Every Opportunity: Blending Local and Consortial DDA eBook Programs. Against the Grain 26 (2) , pp. 62-64.


Tench, F. Robert. (2019). Transforming Acquisitions and Collection Services: Perspectives on Collaboration Within and Across Libraries. Purdue University Press.

Conference Proceeding

Tench, F. Robert. (2022). When Collection Development Roles are Moved into New Directions: Developing a Collaborative Road Map to Thrive in Coordinating Collections Charleston Proceedings 2021 (pp. 406-412) Charleston, SC: Against the Grain.


(November , 2022). Building Collections One Minigrant at a Time: Developing and Implementing an Annual Faculty Grant Collection Program Poster Charleston Conference - 2022 Charleston, S.C..
Tench, F. Robert. (November , 2021). Libraries Press on Despite COVID Other ALA CORE eForum Virtual.
Tench, F. Robert. (November 3, 2021). When Collection Development Roles Are Moved in New Directions: Developing a Collaborative Road Map To Thrive in Coordinating Collections Poster Charleston Conference - 2021 Charleston, SC.
(June 25, 2021). E-Resources and the Future of Acquisitions Oral Presentation ALA 2021 Annual Conference .
Tench, F. Robert. (April , 2021). Equity Building in Organizational Decision Making During Turbulent Times Other ACRL 2021 Annual Conference .
(June 7, 2019). New Kid on the Patron Driven Acquisitions Block: Print DDA at Old Dominion University Libraries Oral Presentation VIVA 2019 Collections Forum Richmond, VA.
(April 11, 2019). New Kid on the Patron Driven Acquisitions Block: Print DDA Poster ACRL 2019 Conference Cleveland, OH.
Butcher, M. (July 13, 2018). ILL Shared Best Practices Oral Presentation VIVA 2018 ILL Annual Forum Harrisonburg, VA.
(November 8, 2017). A Match Made in Heaven: Merging Acquisitions, Licensing, Document Delivery, and ILL into One Big Happy Department! Poster Charleston Conference - 2017 Charleston, SC.
Tench, F. Robert. (October 12, 2017). ODU Libraries Materials Budget Management Strategies: Some Pros and Cons Oral Presentation Virginia Library Association - VIVA Users Group Meeting Norfolk.
Tench, F. Robert. (May 19, 2017). EBooks Oral Presentation VIVA 2017 Collections Forum Richmond.
(November 3, 2016). Self-Directed Training Programs: What Have We Gotten Ourselves Into! Poster Charleston Conference - 2016 Charleston, SC.
(May 31, 2016). Achieving Financial Stability Through Regional Collaboration: A Cross Case Analysis of Jacksonsville, Houston, and San Francisco with Implications for Strategic Planning in Richmond, VA. Oral Presentation United Way Thrive Steering Committee and Service Provider Network Meeting Richmond, VA.
Tench, F. R. (September 29, 2015). Shared Collections Project - eBooks Other VIVA 2015 Collections Forum Charlottesville, VA.
Tench, F. R. (March 20, 2015). Impact Evaluation of a Virginia School District Principal Evaluation Program Oral Presentation Promoting Professional Practice: the 3rd Annual William and Mary School of Education Research Symposium Williamsburg.
Tench, F. R. (December 18, 2014). Preservation Best Practices: Object Handling Basics and the Five Fundamentals of Book Care Oral Presentation Preservation Services Staff Development Program Perry Library.
(October 4, 2013). Accessing and Using Electronic Books Other Ebook Workshop for Faculty Perry Library.
(September 27, 2013). The 3Ds of Libraries: Data, Digital, and Discovery Oral Presentation Virginia Library Association Annual Conference Williamsburg VA.
Tench, F. Robert. (April 23, 2012). Library Preservation at ODU Oral Presentation National Preservation Week Program - When Disaster Strikes Perry Library - Old Dominion University .
Graves, T. L. (October 27, 2011). A Credit to the University: Librarian’s Roles in Accreditation Poster Virginia Library Association Annual Conference Portsmouth, Va.
Tench, F. Robert. (May 10, 2011). S.O.S: Save Our Stuff - Library Preservation at ODU Library Staff Development Program Old Dominion University - Perry Library.
(December 10, 2010). WorldCat Collection Analysis - An Overview VTC Collections Development Committee Christopher Newport University.
  • 2019: Librarian of the Year, Old Dominion University Libraries
  • 2019: Reference Book Reviewer of the Year, Library Journal
  • 2012: Librarian of the Year, Old Dominion University Libraries
  • 2011: Certificate of Appreciation, Virginia Library Association
  • 2011: Certificate of Appreciation, Virginia Library Association
  • 1984: Community Service Award Winner, Riverside Regional Medical Center
  • 1978: Outstanding History Undergraduate , Christopher Newport University - Department of History