From Kamptee To Dallas: One Information Professional's Journey Across Cultural Boundaries (India, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and United States) by Zahiruddin Khurshid
Zahiruddin Khurshid was born in a small town called Kamptee in India on February 8, 1947. Immediately after the Higher Secondary School Certifi cate (HSSC) exam and at the age of sixteen years, he migrated to Pakistan along with his family. Khurshid continued his studies and completed the two-year master's degree program in library science at the University of Karachi in 1971 and stood second on the merit list. He worked briefl y as a medical records librarian in the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center and moved to a college library in 1973. He left for Saudi Arabia to join the King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM) Library in Dhahran in 1974, where he worked for more than thirty-six years. In between, Khurshid went to the United States to get a second degree in Master of Science in Library and Information Science (MSLIS) from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York. At the KFUPM Library, he received regular promotions and fi nally became senior manager in 1993. His subject areas of interests and expertise are cataloging and library automation, and he has published widely in reputed library and information science journals, including several Journal Citation Reports (JCR) -ranked journals. He won the Best Paper Award at the Special Libraries Association-Arabian Gulf Chapter conference, held in Abu Dhabi, in 2000. He is currently retired in Euless, Texas, but keeps himself busy in reading and writing. His two research papers and autobiography are going to be published in 2013.