For immediate release | September 5, 2013

AASL13’s One Book, One Conference gets the right things done

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) national conference committee has named “18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done” as the One Book, One Conference read for the AASL 16th National Conference & Exhibition. Written by closing general session speaker, Peter Bregman, the book outlines a three-step process for prioritizing a 9 hour workday which takes only 18 minutes.

“I wrote ‘18 Minutes’ because I needed ‘18 Minutes,’” Bregman writes on his website. “I wrote it so I could figure out how I could cut through all the daily clutter and distractions and finally find a way to focus on – and move forward in – those key items which are truly the top priorities in my life.”

The One Book, One Conference in-person discussion will take place during national conference in Hartford on Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. In addition, AASL President-Elect and National Conference Co-Chair Terri Grief will lead an online discussion via the AASL conference Ning. “School librarians are busier now than ever before,” said Grief. “Bregman's book will help us minimize distractions and get to doing the work that is important to us.”

The online ’18 Minutes’ discussion begins Monday, Sept. 9, and all are invited to participate by joining the discussion group at More information about One Book, One Conference is available on the national conference website at

The AASL national conference is the only national conference dedicated solely to the needs of school librarians and their roles as educational leaders. The 16th National Conference & Exhibition, "Rising to the Challenge," taking place Nov. 14–17, 2013, in Hartford, Conn., will feature preconference workshops, concurrent sessions and an exhibition featuring companies relevant to the school library profession.

The American Association of School Librarians,, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), promotes the improvement and extension of library services in elementary and secondary schools as a means of strengthening the total education program. Its mission is to advocate excellence, facilitate change and develop leaders in the school library field.


Jennifer Habley

Manager, Web Communications

American Association of School Librarians (AASL)