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Item Open AccessThe Joy of Empowerment - Library Leadership for the 90's(Saskatchewan Library Association, 1993) Dirksen, JeanLong before I moved to Saskatchewan, I was attracted to its spirit and vitality. Long before I gave voice to my own inner belief in empowerment, I connected with this province's astounding aptitude for challenging adversity through the ability of its citizens to create opportunity. Item Open AccessOnce There Was and Once There Was Not(Saskatchewan Library Association, 1994-04-22) Lunn, JanetI did not know Mary Donaldson. All I know about her is what I have read in the forward to Survival of The Imagination, the Saskatchewan Library Association's publication of the first twenty-five lectures given in her name. She seems to have been a person willing to work long and hard for the love of, and the belief in, the importance of libraries to everyone in the province. Bless her. It is an honour to be speaking in her name. Item Open AccessTruth Be Told: Coming Out as a Writer(Saskatchewan Library Association, 1995-04-07) Richardson, BillLet me begin these remarks with a short preamble to explain something of the origins of this talk, and something about its composition, which was, for me at least, unusual. I drafted it on a flight I took earlier this week between St. John's Newfoundland and Vancouver. I liked the idea of having a stretch of more than 8 uninterrupted hours that would take me from one end of the Canada to the other, to write a speech that would be given more or less plumb in the middleofthecountry. I've taken the title from a conversation I had with Bonnie Burnard. I interviewed her for CBC Radio in Toronto in November oflast year. She lives near London, Ontario at the present moment, but is still, she told me, pleased to identify herself as a Saskatchewan writer, so the source seems apt for this occasion. I was struck by her use of the phrase "truth be told." I'd heard it before of course, and often; but for some reason, on this occasion was I particularly taken by the archaic grammar and Biblical roll of the words. Troth be told. It came to roost in the shallow folds of my brain, where I registered it with the department of future use. That future proves to be now. I've called this talk "Truth be told: Coming Out as A Writer." Item Open AccessLost in Cyberspace(Saskatchewan Library Association, 1997-04-18) Butala, SharonMary Donaldson. the first Provincial Librarian, was responsible for the library network in Saskatchewan . As a rural person, I will be eternally grateful for the excellent, indeed groundbreaking, work Mary Donaldson did in the world of Saskatchewan libraries . Item Open AccessPublic Enterprise in Saskatchewan - The Ties That Bind(Saskatchewan Library Association, 1998)Madame Chairperson, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you, Madame Chairperson, for your kind introduction and my thanks, also, to your organization for giving me this opportunity to present some remarks. Given the impressive list of speakers who you have invited to give the Mary Donaldson lecture series in the past, I am most flattered, and a little intimidated, to be asked to present this year's lecture. The topic which I have selected for this lecture is public economic investment in Saskatchewan and why the people of this province have been such strong supporters of government owned and operated economic enterprises. Item Open AccessStorage/Retrieval(Saskatchewan Library Association, 1999) Kingwell, MarkI thought it would be appropriate, at this cultural juncture, to talk about the logic of storage and retrieval. My use of the phrase "this cultural juncture" might set off an alarm bell or two, but I promise I won't bore you tonight with talk of the millennium, lest somebody brandish in front of me this new book I keep seeing everywhere, called Two Thousand Reasons to Hate the Millennium. Mercifully my name is not included in that book, but in all fairness it could have been. The M-word is becoming boring, as I myself predicted it might when I published my book Dreams of the M-Word back in 1996. Item Open AccessMary Donaldson Lecture - 2001 - Roch Carrier(Saskatchewan Library Association, 2001) Carrier, RochThank you very much for this nice introduction. Mr. Minister, Colleagues and Librarians, it is a pleasure to be back in beautiful Saskatoon, and it's a great honour to have been invited by you to this special occasion. I am not forgetting that my experience in the library field is only a year and a half, so I'm not coming her pretending to teach you anything. I will just tell you the story of what's happening at the National Library of Canada, and what we are trying to do. And certainly I will be curious to listen to your reaction. Item Open AccessOpening Doors for the Writer(Saskatchewan Library Association, 2002-04-11) Sorestad, GlenFirst, let me say how pleased I am to be able to present this Mary Donaldson Lecture to you this evening and I want to thank you very much for giving me this opportunity because it allows me to say some of the things I've wanted to say to an audience of librarians, an audience in which I know that books s till hold an inestimable value in a world that has been listening to doomsayers predicting the death of the book for many years now. Item Open AccessRuth Rendell and Me: Libraries and Our Lives(Saskatchewan Library Association, 2003-04-11) Bowen, GailIt's a great honour to have been asked to deliver this year's Mary Donaldson Memorial Lecture. When Judith Silverthorne sent me copies of the speeches of my predecessors I must admit I had a moment of panic. Even the names on the list are daunting: among others.Adrienne Clarkson, Pierre Berton, Stephen Lewis, Mel Hurtig and the best teacher I ever had, Carlyle King, have spoken to you. Item Open AccessThis Place is Totally...This Place(Saskatchewan Library Association, 2004) Wynne-Jones, TimI'm very glad and very honoured to be here tonight. Some of the best connections I ever made were at the library and so your conference theme suits me just fine. However, I must say, I was a little intimidated by the background information that was sent to me when I accepted the engagement. It states quite clearly that, "The [Mary Donaldson Memorial] lectures are given annually by leaders in the field of library science." Now, I did, in fact, support myself through university working at the library, but mostly I just shelved books. I was pretty good at it. Had it down to a science. Item Open AccessMary Donaldson Lecture - 2005 - Arthur Black(Saskatchewan Library Association, 2005) Black, ArthurMany thanks for that warm welcome. You know, when a guest speaker from out of town gets up on his hind legs to sing for his supper it is incumbent upon said speaker to say something pleasant about the location and company in which he finds himself. And with some towns and some audiences that can be a bit of a creative ... strain. I can remember once beginning a speech on a blustery winter's eve saying how pleased I was to find myself in Hamilton, Ontario in a roomful of meat packers. And I remember thinking, "Hoo, I'm going to Hell for that one." Item Open AccessMary Donaldson Lecture - 2006 - Dan Yashinsky(Saskatchewan Library Association, 2006) Yashinsky, DanI'd like to thank the Saskatchewan Library Association for inviting me to give the 2006 Mary Elizabeth Donaldson Memorial Lecture. While I'm not a librarian, I am a librarian groupie, and I hope that this will qualify me to contribute something to your work as librarians. I'm also the Toronto Public Library's first storyteller-inre side n c e, a position created by Ken Setterington, the Child and Youth Advocate at Toronto Public Library, and a fellow believer in the value of storytelling. Item Open AccessScience Fiction as a Mirror for Reality(Saskatchewan Library Association, 2007-05-02) Sawyer, RobertI'm mad at George Lucas. I'm mad because he begins each of his Star Wars films with these ten words: "A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away..." The world first saw those words (taken, of course, from the opening often used for fairy tales) in 1977-and they changed everything. Up until that point, science fiction had been making slow but steady progress toward respectability in the public consciousness.