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August 12, 1994
Mya Thanda Poe Named Chief of Asian Division
The Library of Congress has named Mya Thanda Poe as Chief of the Asian Division, effective August 22. In her new role, Ms. Poe will be responsible for overall administration of the division, which provides reference service and sponsors public programs relating to the Far East. The division is composed of the Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Southern Asia sections and has a combined collection of approximately 1.5 million items.
Ms. Poe, known as Helen, has more that 24 years' experience working at the Library, starting in 1970 in the Descriptive Cataloging Division, where she cataloged materials in Burmese and English; she was promoted to section head in 1977. Ms. Poe later served as Assistant Field Director for Administration and Planning (1980-1984) and Deputy Field Director (1984-1988) in the Library's New Delhi Office. In 1988 Ms. Poe was named Field Director of the Karachi Office, where she was responsible for the acquisition and processing of library materials from Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan. Through the Cooperative Acquisitions Program, the Karachi Office serves 29 participants in Pakistani acquisitions and 25 in Iranian acquisitions.
Ms. Poe distinguished herself as the Karachi Field Director by ensuring continued acquisitions of hard-to-obtain materials from nations of critical importance to the United States during times of turmoil. Most recently, Ms. Poe has been Assistant Chief of the Overseas Operations Division, which oversees the Library's six overseas offices and their relations with Congress, the State Department and many research libraries throughout the United States.
Helen Poe received bachelor of arts, bachelor of law and master of arts degrees from the University of Rangoon in Burma. She also has a master of library science degree from the University of Maryland and a master of laws degree from George Washington University.
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