About the Libraries: Libraries and Centers: John Cotton Dana Library:
Peer Information Counseling Program: 2011-2012

It has been an exciting inaugural year for the Peer Information Counseling program (PIC), the student advisory group that began last year with three stellar members. Beginning with training with Bobbie Tipton, Wagner Alcivar, Nichol Perez, and Michael Jen were well-suited to then serve as teaching assistants in library instruction courses. In addition, you may have noticed them at the reference desk, where they honed their reference skills.

Beyond this, the PIC students have served as an advisory group on projects involving technology. They prepared reports, with their analyses of various online reference tools available to libraries, and are currently in the process of preparing a Powerpoint presentation of their findings. They also advised Dana on the role it should play in connecting with students through social media, providing valuable insight into the habits and interests of students with respect to the library.

In the coming year the students plan to expand the projects on Dana's technology usage and interaction with students. The latest addition to the team, Swayzeen Medina, is excited to join the other peer counseling students. Swayzeen is a recent transfer student from Hudson Community College, where she graduated in 2011 with an Associate's Degree in Liberal Arts. She is a junior majoring in journalism and hopes to eventually become a reporter in broadcast news. Medina has an enduring passion for music: in addition to taking numerous music courses at Rutgers, she is also a member of the Rutgers University Chorus. At Hudson Community College, Medina was a library assistant and will combine her previous experience with her enthusiasm in joining the PIC team. She can be reached at swayzeen.medina@rutgers.edu.

These aren't the only changes in store for the PIC team. After a stellar year with the program, Wagner Alcivar will be moving on to another wonderful opportunity. He has been chosen for the Minority Biomedical Research Support (MBRS) program, which allows biomedical students to gain experience in the field by pairing them with professors who will serve as mentors.

It has been a great year and we hope to share more accomplishments with you in the time ahead.

Written by Merve Fejzula, Program Coordinator for the Diversity Research Center and the Peer Information Counseling Program. You can reach her at fejzula@andromeda.rutgers.edu. Swayzeen Medina's photograph was taken by Robert Nahory.

Swayzeen Medina
Swayzeen Medina.