Tibetan Collection Staff

Lauran Hartley, Tibetan Studies Librarian

Lauran Hartley (portrait)

As Tibetan Studies Librarian for the C.V. Starr East Asian Library at Columbia University, Dr. Lauran Hartley offers reference services, as well as selects and catalogs all types of material in Tibetan, both classical and contemporary. She also coordinates initiatives with librarian colleagues in the U.S. and abroad through the Tibetan Resources Working Group.

Lauran has a Ph.D. in Tibetan Studies (Indiana University, 2003) and is editor of Modern Tibetan Literature and Social Change (Duke University Press, 2008).  She has also taught courses on Tibetan literature and religion at Indiana University, Rutgers University, and Columbia University.  

She may be reached in her office at the C.V. Starr East Asian Library (300 Kent Hall), appointments recommended.  She can also be reached by by e-mail at lh2112@columbia.edu or by telephone at (212) 854-9875.

Lobsang Dondrup, Tibetan Bibliographic Assistant

Lobsang photo

In December 2015, Lobsang Dondrup joined the C.V. Starr East Asian Library as Tibetan bibliographic assistant. A native of Qinghai Province, he brings multiple languages (Tibetan, Chinese, Amdo dialect, and Monguor) to the job. Lobsang is finishing his master’s degree in film at the City College of New York, and previously worked as Photographer and Media Consultant for the Trace Foundation's Latse Library. In addition, he has co-edited two documentary films, co-founded the Tibetan Folk Video-Audio Studio in Xining, and served as Field Research Assistant for the University of Kansas Monguor Language Study Project, from 2003-2006. Lobsang can be reached via e-mail at ld2702@columbia.edu or by telephone at (212)854-1509.