The WeChat public account “Lingnan Archives” operated by the archival research team of Sun Yat-sen University in Southern China is a fresh platform for advocating archival education and archival work. As one part of professional training for students majoring in archival science at different levels, it aims to disseminate the value of archives and publicize the concepts as well as principles of archival work. The content of tweets is generally targeted on archival news in Southern China, combined with current social events and hot spots which have correlations with archives and archivists. Some tweets of “Lingnan Archives” are designed in series, such as the tweets introducing historical records of the Canton Customs and the tweets about Cantonese culture in archives. In terms of daily operation, cooperation in groups among undergraduates, postgraduates and post-docs is particularly encouraged for generating the content. When a tweet is finished initially, the review of content will be conducted by the whole team members, and senior experts in the team will give instructions from many aspects, such as topic selection, language expression and the format layout. Students’ class presentations and articles could be transformed into tweets, which embodies the advantage of promoting teaching, learning and research jointly. As for the effectiveness of “Lingnan Archives” operation, it has forged the abilities of professional writing and new media maintenance, facilitated all-round collaboration among students and researchers, and provided necessary skills such as postgraduate entrance examination and job hunting for graduates. Also, “Lingnan Archives” plays a significant role in disseminating Chinese archival culture and the concepts of fairness, loyalty and justice in education towards archivists. Until April 30th, 2022, “Lingnan Archives” has nearly 7,200 followers and has tweeted nearly 500 articles, which has formed a remarkable social influence.
Yike Zhan, Ph.D candidate, School of Information Management, Sun Yat-sen University
Yang Chen, Ph.D candidate, School of Information Management, Sun Yat-sen University
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