Click on the box to learn more about each librarian at the School of Theology Library!
Amy Limpitlaw (Head Librarian)
Dr. Amy Limpitlaw
Phone: (617) 353-1321
Amy joined the STH staff as Head Librarian in 2011. Prior to coming to STH, she held librarian positions at the Yale University Divinity School Library and at the Divinity Library at Vanderbilt University. She began her career as a librarian at the Boston Athenaeum.
Amy has been active in the American Theological Library Association (ATLA), most recently serving on the ATLA’s Publication Committee, and she has given numerous presentations at the ATLA on different aspects of theological librarianship.
In her spare time, Amy enjoys travelling, reading, exploring Boston and its environs, French language and culture, and spending time with her family on Cape Cod.
Stacey Duran (Instruction & Collection Development Librarian)
Instruction & Collection Development Librarian
Phone: (617) 353-5357
Stacey became Instruction & Collection Development Librarian in 2018, after serving as Public Services Librarian from 2015-2018, and the Access Services Librarian from 2008-2015. She served in the Technical Services department prior to that. She holds a MSLIS from Simmons School of Library and Information Science and a BA in Religion from Oberlin College. Her office is in 201C, but she can also frequently be found at the Reference Desk or in the Instruction Room teaching. Stacey enjoys helping students find just the right resource for their next paper or homework assignment. She speaks Spanish fluently and is always happy to provide library assistance in Spanish as needed, so don’t be shy.
Kara Jackman (Archivist & Preservation Librarian)
Archivist and Preservation Librarian
Phone: (617) 353-1323
Kara Jackman is Archivist and Preservation Librarian at Boston University School of Theology Library. She attended the College of the Holy Cross and the University of Pittsburgh earning degrees in English, Art History, and Library Science. She is a freelance writer and is active in many educational and health-related non-profit organizations. Kara loves to laugh, play tennis, and run.
Olga Potap (Acquisitions & Serials Librarian)
Acquisitions & Serials Librarian
Phone: (617) 353-3070
Olga Potap is an acquisitions librarian at the Theology Library. She is administrating the acquisitions workflow for all formats, managing the acquisitions budget, negotiating with publishers for pricing and license agreements, and maintaining the periodical and newspaper collection among other related duties.
Olga holds a MSLIS from the Simmons School of Library and Information Science and MLA from Boston University.
Olga is a member of Beta Phi Mu, The International Honor Society for Library and Information Studies and the European Association for Jewish Studies (EAJS).
Janet Russell (Technical Services Librarian)
Technical Services Librarian
Phone: (617) 353-1353
Sean Smith (Outreach & Public Services Librarian)
Outreach & Public Services Librarian
Phone: (617) 358-0698
Sean Smith, a native of Boston, became the Outreach & Public Services Librarian at the Theology Library in 2018 after previously serving as Library Administrative Coordinator (2015-2018) and Library Assistant (2010-2013). He holds a MSLIS from the Simmons University and a BA in Political Science from Boston University. In particular, he is passionate about public services role of librarianship and assessment via the use of data and analytics for constant improvement of library services. Sean supervises the circulation desk (and library assistants), and oversees interlibrary loan, course reserves, and the library’s website. Come visit him in his office (STH Library 201B, behind the circulation desk) or at the reference desk and ask about his pets, favorite places in Boston, or the state of Boston sports teams!