Library Staff & Contact
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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
As Instruction & Collection Development Librarian, Stacey coordinates all STH Library instruction, library orientations, reference services, and research guides. In recent years, she has developed expansive information literacy programming including our Library Essentials Workshops (more commonly known as the Wednesday Workshops), Advanced Theological Research series, Online Library Orientations in Blackboard, and First Paper Friday event. Behind the scenes, Stacey is responsible for collection evaluation and development, strategically purchasing new titles for the library and responding to book suggestions. Stacey serves as liaison to the STH doctoral programs and distance education programs, providing support from orientation to dissertation.
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. She has worked in the School of Theology Library since 2008.
Stacey has a passion for teaching and enjoys helping students find just the right resource for their next paper or homework assignment. Her office is in 201C, but she can also frequently be found at the Reference Desk or in the Instruction Room (209). 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 the Archivist and Preservation Librarian at the Boston University School of Theology Library. She curates the library’s research collection and archival collections, including the School of Theology heritage collection, as well as our prominent Methodist, Missiological, and Hymnological Collections. As the School of Theology Archives is the official repository of the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church, Kara serves as the Conference Archivist.
Kara is also the chair of Boston University’s SAFEBUDS (Staff and Faculty Extend BU Disability Support), a faculty and staff community network through the office of Diversity and Inclusion.
Kara holds degrees in English and Art History from the College of the Holy Cross, and a master’s degree in Library Science from the University of Pittsburgh.
Kara is also 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 the 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).