Joanna Briggs was the first matron of the Royal Adelaide Hospital. As the Institute was founded at the hospital and had an original focus on nursing, it was fitting 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.
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