Dan Pink to kick off the AASL 13th National Conference

Contact: Kathy Agarwal
Communications Specialist


For Immediate Release
October 23, 2006

Dan Pink to kick off the AASL 13th National Conference

CHICAGO - Dan Pink, a best-selling author, acclaimed technology writer and business consultant, will keynote the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 13th National Conference & Exhibition, "The Future Begins @ your library," October 25-28, 2007, in Reno, Nev.
Pink will open the forward-focused conference and address thousands of school library media specialists, support staff, library vendors, authors and exhibitors during the Opening General Session on October 25.

"Dan Pink brings a wealth of knowledge and ideas about what the future holds for American workers.
As we work with teachers and administrators in developing curriculum and designing instruction, it will be important to incorporate some of these ideas in order to help our learners succeed," said Allison G. Kaplan, co-chair of the AASL National Conference Committee.
"Mr. Pink will inspire conference attendees to use their best instructional approaches to help students become the creative and innovative thinkers needed for future leadership," added Carl A. Harvey II, committee co-chair.

Pink's latest book, "A Whole New Mind," discusses the cultural and economic changes caused by the technological revolution and examines essential skills needed to succeed in today's technology-driven society.
Pink is also the author of "Free Agent Nation," which is considered a key publication on employee-management relations.
He also regularly contributes to
Wired magazine, has written for the
New York Times,
Harvard Business Review and
Fast Company.
He serves as independent consultant to CNBC's "Power Lunch," ABC's "World News Tonight," NPR's "Morning Edition," and American Public Media's "Marketplace" and he is a prolific speaker and presenter.

"Dan Pink is a forward thinker and expert in today's technology-focused marketplace.
AASL is thrilled to have this dynamic speaker launching our 2007 National Conference," said AASL President Cyndi Phillip.
"As library media professionals, responsible for student information literacy skills, we need to recognize the changing nature of our society and understand the important role technology plays in shaping the future."

In addition to Pink, the AASL National Conference will feature five preconferences, over 100 concurrent sessions, more than 200 exhibiting companies, educational and school tours and special appearances by award-winning authors and illustrators.

For more information on AASL's 13th National Conference & Exhibition in Reno, visit

The American Association of School Librarians,
www.aasl.org, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), promotes the improvement and extension of library media 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 media field.