Library Staff

Click on the box to learn more about each librarian at the School of Theology Library!

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Dr. Amy Limpitlaw
Head Librarian
Phone: (617) 353-1321
Email: ael23@bu.edu
Office: 202B

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.

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Stacey Duran
Public Services Librarian
Phone: (617) 353-5357
Email: sbattles@bu.edu
Office: 201C

Stacey became Public Services Librarian after being the Access Services Librarian from 2008-2015, and having served in the Technical Services department prior to that. She holds a MSLIS from Simmons Graduate 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 and Preservation Librarian
Phone: (617) 353-1323
Email: kjackman@bu.edu
Office: 201E

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
Phone: (617) 353-3070
Email: opotap@bu.edu
Office: 202C

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 Simmons Graduate 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
Phone: (617) 353-1353
Email: janetr@bu.edu
Office: 208A

Sean Smith
Library Administrative Coordinator
Phone: (617) 358-0698
Email: sgsmith@bu.edu
Office: 201B

Sean Smith, a native of Boston, is the Circulation Supervisor and Library Administrative Coordinator at the Theology Library. He holds his BA in Political Science from Boston University, and is currently completing his MS in Library and Information Science at Simmons College. He is drawn to the public service aspect of the librarian profession; he is committed to decreasing the anxiety associated with libraries and the research process and making life easier for our users. He supervises the circulation desk, interlibrary loan, and course reserves. 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 Patriots and Bruins season!

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