Personal Librarian Program

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The Personal Librarian Program at the Boston University School of Theology was launched to introduce incoming first-year students at the School of Theology to the wealth of collection and services their library has to offer.

New students at STH will be matched to their own Personal Librarian, who is a friendly resource within the library who is available to help you navigate the (sometimes anxiety-filled) years of graduate school with papers, projects, and presentations due. Contact your Personal Librarian or any other staff member (you are not limited to just talking to your Personal Librarian!) at any time if you have questions about your research- we are always willing to help and are available in a variety of different ways:

  • At the reference desk (see our hours for more)
  • Via email (see the staff directory here, or email all library staff directly at
  • Our online contact form here
  • Even our Twitter account!

Your Personal Librarian may contact you throughout the year to let you know about services or new database and research tools the library is introducing, or announce upcoming tours of collections, or highlight new research strategies. We will remain your Personal Librarian throughout your time here at the School of Theology so always feel free to stop by and get to know us!

As the School of Theology Library is one of many libraries on campus and at Boston University, you may need to use the resources of another library in your research. If you are uncertain about where to locate a resource, feel free to check in with your Personal Librarian or another School of Theology Library staff member. The staff at other Boston University libraries are also available to provide help.

The library staff serving as Personal Librarians are listed below. Click on their name to expand the about me section!


Dr. Amy Limpitlaw
Head Librarian
Phone: (617) 353-1321
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.


Stacey Duran
Public Services Librarian
Phone: (617) 353-5357
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
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
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).

Sean Smith
Library Administrative Coordinator
Phone: (617) 358-0698
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!

Janet Russell
Technical Services Librarian
Phone: (617) 353-1353
Office: 208A