Elected: 1992
Discipline: Unspecified at this time
Mr Henry Joseph Heaney FRSE
Henry Heaney was the University Librarian and Keeper of the Hunterian Books and Manuscripts at the University of Glasgow for twenty years until his retirement in September 1998. He was born in Newry, Northern Ireland, and after secondary school went to Queen’s University Belfast. In 1957 he graduated with a BA in Modern History, and in 1970 took an MA with a thesis on prison reform, a subject which remained dear to his heart.

After graduating he became an assistant librarian at Queens, and in 1963 obtained his first post as Librarian at Magee University College in Londonderry, which subsequently became part of the New University of Ulster. In 1972 he took up the post of University Librarian at Queen’s, Belfast, and in 1975 moved to Dublin to become Librarian of University College Dublin, before coming to Glasgow in 1978.

His twenty years at Glasgow saw a revolution in the way in which the University and its Library operated, the most significant being the rise of electronic information sources and delivery. They were also characterised by significant additions to the fabric of the University Library building, the design and operation of which owed much to Henry’s characteristic blend of innovation and conservatism – while always open to new initiatives and opportunities, he was well aware of the need to retain the best of past practice and activity, thereby creating an evolutionary process of change.

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