LL B 1965, Birm, ALA 1970. After obtaining a law degree at Birmingham University, Barbara Tearle worked in a public library for a short period before studying for professional qualifications.

Her first professional post was at the Board of Trade Library (when it was the Board of Trade) where she set up a library for the Solicitor's Department. She moved to the Library of University College London in 1973 to be the Law subject specialist, and then came to the Bodleian Law Library in September 1988.

Miss Tearle is a member of the Library Association, the British and Irish Association of Law Librarians (BIALL), the American Association of Law Libraries and the International Association of Law Libraries. She has been an elected member of BIALL's Council and active on several of its committees (standards, education, publications). She held the offices of Editor (1984-1990, editing The Law Librarian) and Chair (1995-96). In the latter capacity it was her privilege to be heavily involved in BIALL's annual conference in Northern Ireland at the height of the ceasefire.

An MSt in English Local History, obtained through the University of Oxford's Department for Continuing Education, reflects personal interests.

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