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 mentoring theories that 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.