Dan Pink's

Contact: Kathy Agarwal

Communications Specialist


For Immediate Release

July 24, 2007

Dan Pink's "A Whole New Mind" chosen as AASL's

conference-wide read in Reno, Nev.

CHICAGO - Dan Pink's "A Whole New Mind" will be featured as the topic of discussion during the One Book One Conference session during the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 13th National Conference & Exhibition in Reno, Nev., this October. One Book One Conference will be held on Friday, October 26, 2007 from 7:30 to 8:15 a.m., and all conference attendees are invited to take part in the discussion.

AASL's One Book One Conference is an early morning book discussion session, a popular conference attraction launched in Pittsburgh in 2005. In Reno, the conversation will center around the issues raised by Dan Pink, who will deliver the keynote speech at the Opening General Session on Thursday, October 25.

"A Whole New Mind," Pink's newest book, charts the rise of right-brain thinking. Pink lists six aptitudes that people and groups must have in order to succeed in this outsourced world: design, story, symphony, empathy, play and meaning.

"We hope conference attendees read the book and come prepared to share their comments," said Carl A. Harvey II, AASL National Conference committee co-chair. "The One Book One Conference session will build on Mr. Pink's keynote speech, where participants will share their views on what the future will be like for today's students. During the book discussion, attendees will have the opportunity to address these ideas in terms of what it means to us as educators of our future workers and leaders."

In addition to One Book One Conference, the AASL 13th National Conference will feature three full-day and five half-day preconference workshops, more than 100 concurrent sessions, more than 200 exhibiting companies, school and educational tours, and special appearances by many award-winning children's and young adult authors. See
http://www.ala.org/aasl/reno for details.

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.