The career of Henry Heaney is described from assistant librarian at Queen’s University Belfast to university librarian and keeper of the Hunterian Books and Manuscripts, University of Glasgow. His achievements as the first executive secretary of SCONUL are described as are those of his tenure at Glasgow University, with particular reference to buildings, automation and staffing. His role within Scottish university librarianship is examined, leading to an appreciation of his national and international activities. Special attention is paid to his work in various roles with the British Library. Finally, Henry Heaney’s character and characteristics are discussed.
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