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David Hirsch

Librarian for ME & South Asian Studies
Los Angeles

David Hirsch served as the Librarian for Middle Eastern, Central Asian, South Asian and Islamic Studies at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) since 1989. He holds the title of Distinguished Librarian and was named Librarian of the Year at UCLA in 2013.


Mr Hirsch received his MA in Middle Eastern Studies and a second MA in Library Science from the University of Chicago in 1990. He had previously obtained a BA in Oriental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 1980. His first professional job was as a cataloguer on the Near East Cataloging Team at Princeton University. Mr. Hirsch moved to UCLA in 1989 where he initially served as Near East Bibliographer and gradually added on responsibilities in Central Asian, Armenian, South Asian and Islamic Studies.  Since arriving at UCLA has worked closely with UCLA’s Middle Eastern print collections as well as the Islamic Manuscripts collection.


Mr Hirsch has worked as a Special Coordinator at UAE University’s Zayed Central Library in 1993-1994 and 1999-2000. He also served as Chief Librarian, then Libraries Advisor, at the Abu Dhabi National Library from 2009-2011.


Mr. Hirsch has been a member of the Islamic Manuscript Association since 2006 and has served as a Board member and Chair of the Cataloging Subcommittee. Mr Hirsch has participated in every annual conference since joining TIMA.


Mr Hirsch is a three-time past president of the Middle East Librarians Association and was the 2016 recipient of the David H. Partington Award for service to the profession of Middle East Librarianship in 2016.


He has a special interest in Arab diaspora communities and their literatures.