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Feature: Celebrating 45 years of the JV Barry Library

In 2019 the Institute celebrated the 45th anniversary of the JV Barry Library. The library was opened in 1974, soon after the AIC was established. It is named in honour of Sir John Vincent Barry (1903–1969), a Victorian Supreme Court justice and distinguished criminologist.

Over the last 45 years, the library has been an integral part of the AIC. It continues to play an important role in promoting the Institute as Australia’s national research and knowledge centre on crime and justice. The JV Barry Library is currently led by Jane Shelling, a Churchill Fellow who is passionate about innovative ways of disseminating information. Jane and her small team of librarians manage the collection of hard-copy books and journals, as well as supplying information to researchers, practitioners, academics, students and the general public. They also maintain CINCH, a database of Australian criminology material, and disseminate the latest research to thousands of email alert subscribers.

In May 2019 we celebrated the library’s 45th anniversary by launching an anthology titled Crime & justice research 2019. The anthology includes 18 papers on the AIC’s priority research themes: family and domestic violence, child exploitation, Indigenous over-representation in the criminal justice system, youth crime, serious and organised crime, and illicit drugs. These papers, along with the Institute’s other publications, benefit from the library’s dedicated and responsive service and the librarians’ commitment to finding the highest quality sources.

Two photos from the launch of the anthology titled Crime and justice 2019. One photo shows Director Michael Phelan and Deputy Director Rick Brown holding a copy of the anthology. The other photo is of a cake decorated with the number 45, celebrating the 45 anniversary of the JV Barry Library's opening.