by Mila Rush
University of Minnesota Law Library
The FCIL SIS Flag Collection is the result of the Adopt-a-Flag Project two years ago. The project solicited donors, who for their donations would select a country's flag (or several) to form the nucleus of the Flag Collection. The appeal was made to the membership of the FCIL SIS, and we went to Boston with thirty-six flags. The collection attracted some attention in Boston and we received offers for more adoptions. The collection stands at forty. No further efforts at solicitation have been made since the initial appeal.
While the visual objective of the collection was to brighten and lighten the SIS's table at the CONELL Marketplace and the AALL Annual Meeting Activities Area, the project was also another vehicle for membership involvement. Other uses found have been to grace the podium at the SIS Business Meeting and Reception, and the SIS tables during the President's luncheon. A use that has yet to be exploited is educational: e.g., identifying/ naming the countries represented, learning more about those countries.
With from one to five adopted flags each, the Flag Collection donors are: Dorothy Clark, Pam Deemer, Claire Germain, Mary Cooper Gilliam, Areta Halibey, Mary McCormick, Sara O'Neill, Rosemary Noonan, Jon Pratter, Barbara Rainwater, Ken Rudolf, Mila Rush, Ellen Schaffer, Janice Selberg, Amber Smith, Brian Striman, Dan Wade, and Telle Zoller.
I am assured by the SIS Chair that the flags will be flying in Pittsburgh. Please visit the SIS table in the Activities Area.
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