Smells like … Digital Preservation

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Just in time for World Digital Preservation Day 2019, staff at State Library of Queensland created a parody song to raise the profile of the importance of digital preservation. The target was Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit. The parody song highlights the need to transfer your digital content from containers (USBs, floppy disks, CDs, DVDs, etc) to better, long-term storage, to ensure ongoing access to your digital content.

Do you have digital content in your local studies collection that needs to be transferred to a more secure format? For more information on digitisation in libraries check out the resources on the Public Libraries Connect (PLC) website.

Original lyrics and music by Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic, and Dave Grohl. Parody lyrics by Rachel Merrick and Serena Coates. Video produced by Visual Media, State Library of Queensland. Camera: Josie Huang. Audio: Leif Ekstrom. Edit: Josie Huang. “Drums” – Daniel Cavanagh, “Bass” and backup vocals – Serena Coates, “Janitor” – Leif Ekstrom, “Cheerleader” – Talia Love-Linay, “Guitar” and lead vocals – Rachel Merrick.