What is the Peer Information Counseling (PIC) Program?
The Peer Information Counseling (PIC) Program is a library initiative that supports the University’s retention efforts specifically for students from historically underrepresented groups. The PIC program is grounded in peer-based mentoringtheoriesthat state students are more comfortable seeking assistance from their peers. Peer Counselors support their peers with research skills and information about library services at appropriate venues on campus (e.g. cultural centers, Think Tank, etc.). They also serve as “library ambassadors” sharing information about the library services, spaces and resources at various events and activities across campus. This program is designed to overcome affective barriers experienced by both students and student workers from underrepresented populations by developing reference and research skills.
How can PIC students help you?
Can help students find research questions & research databases for projects
Answer questions related to student research topics
Provide insight to the huge amount of library resources on offer
Get guidance while renting books, articles and movies to show others
Make new connections with the cultural and resource centers
Provide a welcoming experience from library staff & new events planned by the PIC students
Books That Matter: Anti-Racist Social Justice Bookshelf
In Fall 2021, the University Library's Student Learning & Engagement Department worked to create an anti-racist social justice bookshelf to be put on the 2nd floor of the main library. This is a working bookshelf that students can browse in person at the library as well as check out any of the titles for outside use. Books on the shelf cover many different identities, histories, and genres ranging from autobiographies to comic books. Our PIC students were involved in the bookshelf creation process such as editing the booklist, picking out new titles, and using feedback to make the bookshelf a positive reinforcement to not only the University Libraries but for the entire University of Arizona campus culture.