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Battledecks: The ALA Royal Rumble
Monday, June 28, 5:30pm
Washington Convention Center, Room 103A

Battledecks represent the ultimate challenge for a public speaker as they are challenged to give a coherent presentation based on hand-selected, seemingly unrelated slides that they see for the very first time live on stage. This competition, often referred to as “PowerPoint Karaoke,”, will see nine brave and willing participants compete for the glory of being crowned ALA’s reigning Battledecks champion.

The theme will be "Privacy Schmivacy" as participants face judgment from a panel of five judges, with the winner to be determined based on a variety of criteria and general overall awesomeness. Hilarity, along with some learning, is guaranteed for all!

Defenders of a title:

  • Bobbi Newman (Battledecks co-champion from ALA Midwinter 2010)
  • JP Porcaro (Battledecks Champ from Pres4Lib)
  • Michael Porter(Battledecks champion from Internet Librarian 2009)
  • Andromeda Yelton (Battledecks co-champion from ALA Midwinter 2010)

Contenders for the title:

  • John Chrastka
  • Jason Griffey
  • Buffy Hamilton
  • George Needham
  • Lisa Carlucci Thomas


  • Peter Bromberg
  • Maurice Coleman
  • David Lee King
  • Jenny Levine
  • Julie Strange


  • Jaime Corris Hammond
  • Janie Hermann
  • Patrick Sweeney
  • Andy Woodworth
  • Alice Yucht
  • Anyone else who volunteers

Emcee: Janie Hermann
Timekeeper/Vanna White: Patrick Sweeney

RSVP on our Facebook page!

Event and Prizes sponsored by American Libraries and The Learning Round Table