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"Let's face it, there's no separating kids and technology—and school and public librarians are in the perfect position to bridge the digital learning that takes place inside and outside the school, says Mimi Ito, a cultural anthropologist who specializes on the use of technology.

Ito, a leading authority on how social networking technologies shape society, headlined Saturday's closing session at the American Association of School Librarian's (AASL) 15th National Conference in Minneapolis, MN, providing a good counter to opening speaker, Nicholas Carr,who said the adoption of a new technology can profoundly affect things like our attention span and the way we read.Ito recently completed a three-year MacArthur Foundation study of the ways kids use new media and co-authored a book based on the study called Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning with New Media (MIT Press, 2009).

The study explores how kids engage with and play with new media in their everyday lives and how digital technologies are changing the way young people learn, play, socialize, and participate in civic life."