My American Adventures: Part 1

I’ve been a bit quiet on this blog recently, but that’s only because there are big things in the pipeline here at UK online centres. Not only are we planning to move into a new office, and working with partners on lots of new and exciting projects (more coming soon), but next week I’ll be heading off to the USA to share some of my ideas and expertise with them, and hopefully to get lots of inspiration that I can bring back to the UK.

Firstly I’d like to say “hallelujah” to the magic of the internet and thank you to Greg Niemeyer who found me via SlideShare and is supporting my trip to California.

It’s a pretty jam-packed itinerary and I’ll be speaking at two digital symposiums in UC Berkeley, as well as presenting to some representatives from the US Library Service. Although I do a lot of speaking here in the UK, and I’m used to talking about the impacts the work we’ve done has had, it’s a real honour and privilege to be asked to hop across the pond and share my knowledge over there.

I’ll be in geek heaven, with my first trip to Silicon Valley, and meeting with Wikipedia, Techsoup, and SocialBrite. These are all people I’m really keen to learn from, and I’m sure they’ll have a lot of advice and inspiration that will help shape our digital strategies back in the UK. Despite the jetlag, a packed diary, and trying to fit in a birthday celebration, I’ll let you know how I’m getting on. I’ll try to make sure my Tweets aren’t too annoying and I’ll share things as I go.

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