The Labrador Institute of Northern Studies began in 1979 and opened its
“Information Centre,” LINSIC, a few years later, in 1982.
Since then, many, many people have contributed to developing the collection into what it is today. Major steps included sorting and organizing a collection which arose organically from many predecessors; bringing that catalogue to the standards of the Library of Congress classification system; finalizing the integration of that collection into the Memorial Libraries system in 2012; and establishing the Labrador Institute Archive that same year.
The library continues to actively acquire publications relevant to Labrador, whereas the archive focuses on conservation and collection development, but often receives gifts of new material.
Major acquisitions have included materials from the Peary-Macmillan Arctic Museum, the OkâlaKatiget Society, and Television Community Recreation; inherited collections from Memorial Extension, the Labrador School Board, the Labrador Resources Advisory Council, and the Institute for Environmental Monitoring and Research; and numerous private donations.
The bulk of the archival material, however, has been produced by the Labrador Institute itself over the years, through its own educational and research programming (such as Labradorians at Work) or its collaboration with community organizations (like the Labrador Creative Arts Festival).
Particularly important recent initiatives include extensive catalogue work by program coordinator Karen Pottle-Fewer and staff at Memorial Libraries in St. John’s, and also the massive film and video collection and digitization project completed by former program coordinator Mark Turner.