Camille Tedesco is in charge of training and research support at the Common Documentation Service (SCD). At the BU de Richter, but far from the classic image of the librarian, she shows us her missions in the Rouages video series produced by the University of Montpellier.
" Students and teachers still have a rather old-fashioned image of university libraries, and are not necessarily aware of all the services we can offer them," says Camille Tedesco, without fatalism. It was in 2020 that the young training and research support officer left Paris to join the UM's joint documentation service team, " with the chance to work in the particularly pleasant setting of the Richter BU while working on all the sites and disciplines ".
"That these trainings are useful to them".
"I know it sounds naive, but I really like the idea of coming to work every morning to help people find a solution," says Camille, whose work is based on two main missions, starting with training. " I train students in law, economics, management and political science at bachelor, master and doctorate levels. On the menu of these courses, classic items such as documentary research " using the various resources made available to them by the University but also everything they can find in open access ", explains the trainer. The management of bibliographic references with the Zotero tool is also very much in demand by both students and teachers.
Alongside these fairly standard courses, the SCD is also considering more innovative proposals for the year 2022-2023, such as a course on fake news, literature review, information skills or bi-monthly workshops on monitoring or digital identity. " Our aim is that these courses will be useful to them in their university and even professional careers, and that this will promote their success as students. And we see that when a student is happy with what he or she has learned, they talk about it to others or to teachers who come to us for help.
Change of hat! As part of her second mission, she is no longer training but supporting research, as Camille Tedesco explains: " In concrete terms, I help researchers to manage the data they produce as part of their research project. This mission is divided into two poles: a publication pole based onopen access , which was set up at the UM in 2017, and a more specific pole on research data, i.e. open data, on which we have been working since 2020. A field in full evolution and in full national and international structuring and in which researchers often need to be listened to and guided.
" My job is to find for each researcher, for each discipline or doctoral student, the right tools, the right practices, those that are going to be the most adapted to their needs, to their discipline and to the research project in particular. We make the link between them and the resources/tools. Camille Tedesco does not have ready-made answers, but she accompanies, guides and directs them to other services if necessary, in order to offer a fully personalised solution. Here again, monitoring and updating are essential in order to keep abreast of the latest national, European and international policies, as well as the full range of services offered at the University.
"A little spark".
These missions are in line with current needs, but they are still struggling to make themselves known to the public concerned, despite the efforts made by the joint documentation service: " We are present when there are major milestones in collaboration with the other university services. For example, we contact all the new ANR research project leaders and we offer bi-monthly thematic webinars that we broadcast with the DRED and the DIPA. But the best way to do this is by word of mouth, which is all the more effective if students, teachers or researchers are satisfied or even surprised by the training.
So Camille looks for " the little spark, the look that lights up when they understand what I'm explaining to them and how useful it will be. I think that's one of the most satisfying moments in my job! What about books? " I don't touch any books in my job," concludes Camille Tedesco, illustrating the diversity of profiles and jobs in the BUs today.