LILA Online is the web presence for the Labrador Institute Library and Archive. It was launched during the COVID-19 pandemic as a means of continuing to bring information service and engagement to the local and academic communities, while our physical space is closed.
The Labrador Institute is a division of Memorial University and a leading centre of research, education, outreach, and policy, by and for the North. We are located in Happy Valley-Goose Bay and North West River, in central Labrador.
The Labrador Institute of Northern Studies was founded in 1979 and first opened its Information Centre in 1982. “LINSIC” was a multifaceted program with a print collection, a strong emphasis on collecting and producing local video, and an associated art gallery, among other features. Over the decades, while focuses in research, education, and engagement continued to evolve, the centre’s print and media collections consistently grew. Finally in 2012, its thirtieth anniversary year, the Labrador Institute Library became fully integrated with the Memorial University Libraries system. The Labrador Institute Archive was established that same year.
In 2020, the Library and Archive are closely interconnected programs. Their mission is to provide information service in support of the Labrador Institute, including our own education, research, and engagement programs; community research on Labrador topics; and other Memorial University, visiting, and external research on Labrador; as well as the long-term conservation of information on Labrador.
By Alex Sawatzky