build IT @SDSU Library is a student-run makerspace designed to foster creativity and innovation.
By providing an infrastructure for the DIY learning of technology, build IT assists anyone at SDSU with their mission of bringing their ideas to life.
The build IT space provides a physical location where anyone can gather to explore, build, and learn through sharing resources and knowledge, working on projects, and networking.
With its central location in the SDSU Library, access is available to any student, staff, or faculty of SDSU regardless of their discipline or expertise.
Guided by their interests, anyone can start exploring the exciting world of emerging technologies.
The space provides hands-on access to technology such as...
- 3D Printers
- 3D Scanners
- CNC Carving Machine
- Consumable Supplies
- Electronic Cutting Machine
- Multitouch Drafting Table
- Programmable Electronics
- Sewing/Embroidery Machine
- Virtual Reality Headsets
- Wearable Electronics
By encouraging design thinking and providing the necessary tools, anyone is able to bring their ideas to life.
use the makerspace to
- Gain direct access to the space and its tools
- Develop key skills by learning what's needed to accomplish any task
- Join a community of like-minded individuals with similar interests
To become a builder, it is required that everyone attend an orientation
By fostering an open exchange of information, anyone can learn valuable skills as well as share their expertise.
build IT offers
- Hands-On Workshops
- Educational Events
- One-on-One Instruction
- Mentorships & Internships
volunteer in the makerspace to
- Prep for a career by gaining work experience
- Gain valuable skills such as collaboration, critical thinking, leadership, and more
- Have additional opportunities for working with the San Diego region community
From the ACRL Framework
Authority Is Constructed and Contextual
Information resources reflect their creators’ expertise and credibility, and are evaluated based on the information need and the context in which the information will be used. Authority is constructed in that various communities may recognize different types of authority. It is contextual in that the information need may help to determine the level of authority required.
Information Creation as a Process
Information in any format is produced to convey a message and is shared via a selected delivery method. The iterative processes of researching, creating, revising, and disseminating information vary, and the resulting product reflects these differences.
Information Has Value
Information possesses several dimensions of value, including as a commodity, as a means of education, as a means to influence, and as a means of negotiating and understanding the world. Legal and socioeconomic interests influence information production and dissemination.
Research as Inquiry
Research is iterative and depends upon asking increasingly complex or new questions whose answers in turn develop additional questions or lines of inquiry in any field.
Scholarship as Conversation
Communities of scholars, researchers, or professionals engage in sustained discourse with new insights and discoveries occurring over time as a result of varied perspectives and interpretations.
Searching as Strategic Exploration
Searching for information is often nonlinear and iterative, requiring the evaluation of a range of information sources and the mental flexibility to pursue alternate avenues as new understanding develops.