ala 2017 poster

ALA 2017

ALA 2017 Poster

This is the companion website to the poster, "How to Leverage your Academic Makerspace to Help Advance Your Local Community," presented at ALA Annual 2017, Chicago, IL

ala 2017 poster



build IT is the makerspace of the SDSU Library. While it’s purpose is to provide access to technology to students, faculty, and staff, it has helped create opportunities to promote STEM in the San Diego Region. As the librarian, I led the development of various outreach events. However, I make sure to involve SDSU students in every event. Their involvement can vary from co-developing instruction to manning the exhibit table. While the focus is on giving back to the community, the goal of these events is to increase the learning opportunities for SDSU students. Below is a sample from 2015 – 2017.


  • Personal fulfillment of giving back to the community that I grown up in
  • Supporting the University’s Strategic Initiative of “Contributing to the Advancement of the San Diego Region
  • Increasing the networking opportunities and learning experiences for SDSU students
  • Bring STEM education to under-represented communities
  • Advocate for information literacy within STEM disciplines

1. Teen Tech Week: Robotics Challenge


Location: Poway Branch, San Diego County Library

Date: Mar 11, 2017

Duration: 2 hours

Audience Demographics: Teens

Description: Created an interactive display for teens to explore robotics through active play and learn about FIRST Robotics from local high schoolers. The mentors of the HS Robotics Club are SDSU students.

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poway county library

2. STEM Education Economics and Equity Seminar Exhibit

math edu event at sdge


Location: SDG&E Energy Innovation Center

Date: Nov 29, 2016

Duration: 2.5 hours

Audience Demographics: STEM Educators

Description: Discussed with STEM educators the benefits of a makerspace on education and share how college students learn through making at the build IT makerspace. Also, this was a networking event for librarians to connect with local maker educators.

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3. Aztec Science Summer Camp


Location: San Diego State University Library

Date: Aug 1 - Aug 12, 2016

Duration: 4 hours per a week

Audience Demographics: Kids, Ages 7 - 14

Description: Taught 3D printing where the kids were able to keep a 3D printed part. Some kids 3D modeled a part that was later 3D printed. SDSU students assisted with developing and teaching the curriculum.

More Info:

aztec science camp

4. Explore SDSU

sdsu explore


Location: San Diego State University Library

Date: Mar 14, 2015 & Mar 19, 2016,

Duration: 8 hours per a day

Audience Demographics: All Ages, Future Students

Description: Participated in the SDSU open house where local community members can learn about the campus. This event is marketed to potential students to explore and learn about SDSU.

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5. Maker Faire San Diego


Location: Balboa Park

Date: Oct 3 - 4, 2015 & Oct 1 - 2, 2016

Duration: 8 hours per a day

Audience Demographics: All Ages, Southern California Resident

Description: Tabled during the San Diego-wide maker faire to promote the student work for the build IT makerspace and network with other makers in the community.

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sd maker faire

6. Tech Forum 3D Scanning

fleet museum


Location: Tinkering Studio, Fleet Science Center

Date: Aug 13, 2016

Duration: 2 hours

Audience Demographics: All Ages, Museum Visitor

Description: Taught 3D printing and 3D scanning by demonstration of creating 3D scans of people and allowing them to keep the export file to print.

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7. We are STEM!


Location: The O’Farrell Charter School*

Date: Feb 25, 2016 & Feb 16, 2017

Duration: 2 hours

Audience Demographics: Female Student, Ages 10-14

Description: Middle School girls came to the build IT makerspace to learn about emerging technology. SDSU students designed a 3D printed solar system

bracelet that each girl got to paint and take home.

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* This was a partnership between The O'Farrell Charter School, the SDSU Mesa Program, and the build IT makerspace. For the event, students were brought to San Diego State University. 

mesa girls event

8. Reward Field Trip

south county boys and girls club


Location: Boys & Girls Club of South County*

Date: Sep 16, 2016 & Apr 26, 2017

Duration: 2 hours per a day

Audience Demographics: Ages 10 - 14, Boys & Girls Club Kids

Description:  As a reward for completing an after-school tech program, kids came to the build IT makerspace to explore and play with its vast collection of emerging technology.

* This was a partnership between The Boys & Girls Club of South County and the build IT makerspace. For the event, students were brought to San Diego State University. 





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