3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Rapid Response Collecting during a Pandemic:
A Practical Guide

Rachel Gauk, Partner and Co-founder, and Doug Latimer, Partner and Co-founder, Shadow Light Productions

Amy Herr 


About the Session

Now is the time to talk about rapid response collecting! Have you ever wondered what it means, why your museum should be doing it, and how to go about it? Learn how to capture your community's stories in real time through this case study of the Canmore Museum & Geoscience Centre's rapid-response project to COVID-19. The presenters will cover the execution of the project, how to engage community members, and the ins and outs of using your tech to best effect when recording audio and video.


Image Credit: Cole LeGree.


Questions to Consider

  • What event, experience, person, or story do you wish your organization had a more complete picture of?
  • What do you see as roadblocks to your organization having success with rapid-response collecting?
  • What does your organization have for basic collection / image-capturing capacity? What strategies and training would help to better position you for rapid-response collecting?


About the Speakers


Rachel Gauk
she / her




Doug Latimer
he / him

Shadow Light Productions Ltd was established with lead partners, Doug Latimer and Rachel Gauk, in 2003, to produce commercial and educational content, documentaries, and public service announcements for television and clientele. 

Rachel and Doug are specialists in creating and coordinating largescale video projects (like their Raising Our Healthy Kids collection of over 70 short and lively English and French health-based videos, in collaboration with Alberta Health Services and the Dietitians of Canada, which aired on CTV). 

This team has repeatedly demonstrated high level skills to research, script, and produce historical videos for museum, theatrical, and web use, including their recent video series for the Alberta Museums Association, and videos for Fort Normandeau, the Claresholm Museum Society, and currently, Heritage Acres Farm Museum and Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village. 

Most of all, they love working with people to creatively and effectively capture their stories!




Amy Herr
she / her

Amy has worked in museums and archives across the Calgary region since she graduated with a BA in History, minoring in Museum Studies, from the University of Calgary in 2016. She currently works as a Heritage Presenter with Parks Canada and lives in Canmore, Alberta.





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