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In this competition, brave souls stand before an audience and present timed talks on a set of never-before-seen slides. Contestants are expected to weave their comments around the projected images, and string the talk on a theme announced on the spot. Impromptu nonsense is guaranteed, and you’ll be amazed, and amused, by the creativity of contestants.

Entering the Competition

10 contestant positions are open on a first-come, first-served basis (Rule #1 below). A 10th contestant will be drawn from the combined pool of folks who didn’t make it in the first 9 names and everyone who registers at the event. If anyone in the initial 10 doesn’t show up, additional names will be drawn from the same pool to determine replacement speakers.


Sign up to participate here. Nine contestant positions will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis; remaining entries will be printed and combined with entries submitted at the event for a random drawing for the coveted 10th “wildcard” position.

At the event, contestants will wait outside the room until called. The organizers will call them in random order. Contestants may remain in the room after speaking.

Each contestant will speak for up to 4 minutes on 10 slides provided by the contest organizers. The slides will be pre-loaded. No contestant may view the slides in advance of speaking. Each contestant will control the movement of slides for his/her presentation. All contestants must stop speaking when time is called at 4 minutes.

An illustrious panel of 3 judges and a timekeeper will score each presentation on smooth delivery, number of slides used, and time used. The judges will determine the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place among all contestants. The decisions of the judges will be final.

Prizes will be awarded to first, second, and third place winners.

By participating in this event, winners agree to allow their names and images to be used in TLA publications to acknowledge their victories and publicize future events. The TLA Battledecks programs are coordinated by the TALL Texans Round Table and the New Members Round Table.

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Poster Sessions

TLA 2023 Poster Sessions are an opportunity for librarians and library staff from any type of library to share a program or project that has been successful for their organization. These will be presented at a dedicated conference session on
Thursday, April 20, 2023 from 11 am until 1 pm in the Exhibit Hall.

The submission deadline is January 27.

Graduate students, junior faculty, and independent researchers, and librarians and library staff are invited to display and discuss their research and library programs or projects. All librarians (from all types of libraries) are welcome to present.

Poster sessions are an opportunity for academics to display their research and an opportunity for any library type to display a program or project that they have had success with. All are encouraged to submit their ideas. TLA is excited to accept proposals from professionals at any stage of their career. Students and early career professionals are highly encouraged to apply.

Submissions deadline: January 27, 2023
Learn more and submit for presentation here. (You must create a login to submit.)

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Innovation Lab

This unique, interactive space in the Exhibit Hall features an array of STEAM-focused events including educational program, exhibitors, demonstrations, robotics competitions, and a library maker space prototype.

The Innovation Lab is seeking programs that highlight examples of innovation in your library! Whether you have a Maker Space, a STEM/STEAM education program, or other initiatives aimed at incubating innovative thought, we want to hear from you! Sign up for a program that shares your ideas and experiences and successes or failures. Individuals or groups of folks are encouraged to present what they have learned OR demonstrate what they have made in small or large group settings.

Submit your proposals HERE.  Deadline to submit is February 24, 2023.

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