Joanna Briggs was the first matron of Royal Adelaide Hospital. As the Institute is located at the hospital and had an original focus on nursing, it seemed fitting and appropriate to name it after an individual who had been involved in the hospital.
The JBI logo is a pebble dropping into water. It is a metaphor for the process of knowledge sharing and practice change and how a single act or piece of information can be a powerful catalyst for continuous change.
The JBI Crest was designed in 2007. It incorporates the original logo which is superimposed upon a depiction of the globe, referring to the Institute's mission of improving global health. The globe also reminds us of the nature of the collaboration of Joanna Briggs centres. The motto, Aequam Servare Mentem - to keep an unruffled mind - is an allusion to the Institute's purpose of maintaining an objective, clear mind when making clinical decisions.
To celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the Institute a book was published which overviews the establishment of the Joanna Briggs Institute and its rapid development as an international leader in the promotion and facilitation of evidence-based health care. Jordan, Z., Donnelly, P and Pittman, E (2006) A short history of a big idea: The Joanna Briggs Institute 1996 - 2006, Ausmed Publications, Melbourne, Australia Available from Ausmed