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Reference Librarians will generally be available from 8:30am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday, to respond to requests. Use the email form to submit your research question after hours. Consult a subject guide for suggested resources on topics ranging from New Testament Studies to Methodist History.

 

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This service is intended to answer the following types of inquiries:
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Citation verification Information on the selection and use of electronic databases and resources
Guidance on how to begin library research for a term paper or class project.

Katie benjamin

Katie Benjamin, MLS, MTS, Th.D.
Divinity Library Director 
(919) 660-3452
katie.benjamin@duke.edu

 

Dr. Benjamin holds a BA in Theology and English from Valparaiso University, her MLS from North Carolina Central University, and her MTS and ThD in the History and Theology of the European Reformations from Duke Divinity School. She joined the staff as Divinity Library Director in 2018, and she teaches courses in the historical division at Duke Divinity School. One of her favorite things about Durham is that it sees the intersection of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail (a hiking trail that spans the state of North Carolina) and the East Coast Greenway (a bike path that runs from Maine to Florida). Dr. Benjamin is a bike commuter to the Duke campus and spends part of each day on Durham's Greenway, but in her spare time she adores mystery novels and hiking with her beloved hound-mix, Mechthild. She highly recommends you read The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell.

 
Contact Dr. Benjamin regarding:

  • Questions about library resources
  • Suggestions for book purchases
  • Suggestions for new or changed library services
  • Coordination with other Duke Libraries
  • The trials and tribulations of biking in Durham
Lacey Hudspeth

Lacey Hudspeth, MDiv, ThM. 
Reference and Circulation Librarian
(919) 660-3546
lacey.hudspeth@duke.edu

 

Lacey Hudspeth is the Circulation and Reference Librarian for Duke Divinity School. She supervises student workers, serves as an advisor to several masters students, manages course reserves for faculty, and solves the various circulation quandaries that arise throughout the day. She earned her Masters of Theology from Harvard University, where she specialized in 13th century women's metaphysics. She has worked at the Emory and Harvard libraries as well as spending the past three years as the Research Librarian at the North Carolina School of Science and Math. She enjoys readings memoirs and biographies, working in her vegetable garden, and exploring all of the local bookshops in the Triangle. 

 

 

 

Sigrid K. Kjær, M.A., Ph.D. 
Library Associate for Reference and Circulation
(919)660-3549
sigrid.kjaer@duke.edu 

 

Dr. Kjær holds a Bachelor of Theology from Aarhus University, an MA in Hebrew Bible Studies from Leiden University, and her doctorate in Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures (Hebrew Bible/Ancient Near Eastern Studies) from the University of Texas at Austin. Her dissertation was about monotheism and religious transformation in pre-Islamic Southern Arabia. She has worked in Aarhus Theological Library, and taught library instruction to first-year students at UT Austin. Most recently, she has worked as a daily manager at the Museum of Durham History, which she highly recommends that you visit, especially if you are new to Durham. When not reading all there is to read about the Book of Esther, Dr. Kjær spends time discovering the best places to hike, bike, and camp around North Carolina.

 

Come talk to Dr. Kjær about: 

  • General library use 

  • Finding resources for OT/NT and the Ancient Near East 

  • Using the citation manager Zotero 

  • The trials and tribulations of being an international student 

phu Nguyễn

Phu Nguyen
Digitization and Technology Librarian
(919) 660-3453
phu.nguyen@duke.edu

 

As the digitization and technology librarian, Mr. Nguyen works to make the libraries' collection more accessible. Mr. Nguyen earned a master's degree in library science from the University of South Carolina and a bachelor's degree in philosophy from the College of Charleston. Before joining the Divinity School Library, he worked at the University of South Carolina's Moving Image Research Collections and the Book and Paper Conservation Lab.