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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 traveling, 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 Duran became Instruction & Collection Development Librarian in 2018, after serving as Public Services Librarian from 2015-2018, Access Services Librarian from 2008-2015, and as a Cataloging Assistant from 2006-2008. A BU alum, Stacey holds an M.Div. from Boston University School of Theology, an M.S. in Library and Information Science from Simmons University, and a B.A. in Religion from Oberlin College.
Stacey coordinates instruction, the reference desk, library orientation, and research guides. She is also the primary liaison to the STH doctoral programs and distance education, providing support from orientation to dissertation (which she processes!). She has developed information literacy programming including the Wednesday Workshop series and First Paper Friday, and recently began an initiative to digitize past dissertations. Behind the scenes, Stacey is responsible for collection evaluation and development, including book suggestions. Her office is in 201C, but she can also frequently be found at the Reference Desk or in the Instruction Room (209).
Stacey loves teaching and 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 is the Outreach & Public Services Librarian at the Boston University School of Theology Library. He previously worked as Library Administrative Coordinator at the BU Theology Library (2015-2018), Materials Circulation Assistant at the BU Law Libraries (2013-2015) and Library Assistant at the BU Theology Library (2010-2013). In his current role, Sean supervises the Theology Library’s circulation services, troubleshoots customer concerns, processes interlibrary loans, maintains course reserves, provides reference, instruction, and information literacy services, assists with the library’s digital collections, and oversees the library’s website, social media and outreach, data collection and assessment programs. Sean received his BA in political science from Boston University (with summa cum laude honors) and received his MSLIS from Simmons University. He is a member of Beta Phi Mu, the international Library and Information Science honor society.
Driven to improve the user experience, Sean launched an assessment program from scratch at the Theology Library, with the goal of more efficiently allocating library resources in almost all aspects, including space, hours of operation, and staffing levels. Creative, cost-effective adjustments from space assessment projects, for example, have led to increased usage of the library and positive reviews from users. Sean is also responsible for launching the current iteration of the School of Theology Library website (2016-present).
In his free time, Sean volunteers as a cat caregiver at the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA) shelter at Nevins Farm.
Presentations and Publications
Panel: Libraries: The Place for Comics
Oct 20, 2019 at Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo (MICE)
Using Expected Usage in Space Assessment Projects
July 12, 2019 in Journal of Access Services
Getting Patrons to Tell Us What They Want: Hurdles to Library Assessment
May 22, 2019 at Boston Library Consortium (BLC) Networking Day 2019
Small Change, Big Impact Assessment and Creative Re-purposing of Underutilized Space at the BU Theology Library
Apr 26, 2019 in Theological Librarianship
Don’t Be Quiet: Library User Assessment
Mar 29, 2019 at Boston University Assessment Symposium