Mac Elrod

This is fjm_elrodor everyone who wants to wish Mac a (belated!) happy birthday and to thank him for sharing his incomparable knowledge of cataloging. I made this card from a word cloud of the subject lines of Mac’s posts to Autocat from the period of 2015-2016, and from his very first year, 1996-1997 using Tagul. I also based the shape from a picture of him from an online conference when I was lucky enough to be included as a virtual speaker. I thought he looked especially snazzy. Please share your best wishes below.

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Faye Leibowitz Faye Leibowitz from Pittsburgh, PA wrote on March 25, 2016 at 8:41 pm:
Happy birthday, Mac! Thank you for your contributions to the field of cataloging!!!
Donna Royster Donna Royster from Greensboro, NC wrote on March 25, 2016 at 6:49 pm:
Happy happy birthday! Thank you for all your work over the years, and for your love of libraries!
Julie Moore Julie Moore from Fresno wrote on March 25, 2016 at 5:57 pm:
Dear Mac, Happy Belated Birthday! I want you to know how much I have appreciated you and your cataloging expertise over the many years. I use your cheat sheets constantly. You have always kept us abreast of changes in cataloging, and you have provided us with many best practices. I have enjoyed our many cataloging conversations and debates both on and off Autocat. I especially appreciate the care you have provided your cataloging customers and catalogers everywhere. I think that we all feel like we are part of your extended family. I know that I do. There was a point in my life where I was in crisis, and you extended me the opportunity to come (with my baby) and work there on the mountain until I could find a more permanent cataloging position. While I did not take you up on your offer of being able to retreat to your calm harbor to heal and regroup, I will always remember you for reaching out to me with this kindness. I admire you, Mac, not only for your cataloging expertise, but for being such a genuinely good human being. Greatness has come of you, Mac, a boy who was born and bred in a briar patch -- those various small towns in Georgia, in a time when the Deep South was deeply segregated, long before the American Civil Rights Movement. It gives me hope to see that someone who comes from such humble beginnings can be such a powerful force in the areas of race relations and inclusiveness, all while staying true to your religious beliefs and values. You have touched so many lives, and I have felt so very blessed in knowing you. Love and Peace, Julie
T.A. Dang T.A. Dang from Raleigh, NC wrote on March 25, 2016 at 5:56 pm:
Happy belated birthday. Through your autocat posts, you've been my great post-school teacher and inspiration. Thank you.
Bridget Boylan Bridget Boylan from San Francisco wrote on March 25, 2016 at 5:36 pm:
Happy Birthday, Mac! Alternate title: Happy Happy Happy Birthday!!! You're a generous teacher AND you provide cheat sheets. Be well and keep in touch. Cheers.
Allen Mullen Allen Mullen wrote on March 25, 2016 at 5:07 pm:
I treasure your contributions to our field, Mac, as I know your friends and family treasure you in your private life. A belated best wishes for you on your birthday.
Jeff Fisher, PhD, MLIS Jeff Fisher, PhD, MLIS from Kent, OH wrote on March 25, 2016 at 4:39 pm:
Happiest of birthdays to you, Mac. You might catch up with Lubetzky yet. Thanks for the help over the years and the example you've set.
Teague Allen Teague Allen from Canyon Country wrote on March 25, 2016 at 4:35 pm:
I seldom fail to learn from you. May you have many years ahead.
Joy Yoke Joy Yoke from Cleveland wrote on March 25, 2016 at 4:10 pm:
Congrats. Looking future to the next hundred years with Mac. Happy b-day.
Carol Seiler Carol Seiler wrote on March 25, 2016 at 4:01 pm:
Happy Birthday and thank you for everything! I was the lucky person who invited Mac and James to speak at the virtual conference. It was incredible to actually hear Mac's voice after years of reading his posts. Mac's cheat sheets and insightful commentary has helped me tremendously over the years and, I suspect, will continue on even when Mac is not there to update with new wisdom.
Alice Rhoades Alice Rhoades from Houston, TX wrote on March 25, 2016 at 3:59 pm:
Happy birthday, Mac, and thanks for all the help! (I'm cataloging serials today, so I definitely need it)
Patricia Fogler Patricia Fogler from Durango wrote on March 25, 2016 at 3:49 pm:
Happy belated birthday Mac! Your generous cataloging wisdom has been invaluable over the years.
Joni Paxton Joni Paxton from Sunbury, Ohio wrote on March 25, 2016 at 3:36 pm:
Happy Birthday, Mac! Thanks for all your wisdom and contributions to the cataloging world. Smiles
Jackie DeQuinzio Jackie DeQuinzio from New York, NY wrote on March 25, 2016 at 3:27 pm:
Happy Birthday, Mac! I have learned so much from your posts over the years. Thank you so much for sharing your cataloging wisdom. Have a great day!
Teresa Teresa from Dayton wrote on March 25, 2016 at 3:26 pm:
Happy belated Birthday and best wishes! Thank you for all the wisdom over the years too! Have a very blessed day!
Susan Stravinski Susan Stravinski from Madison Wisconsin wrote on March 25, 2016 at 2:58 pm:
As another "longtime lurker" I have garnered much information and wisdom from your posts, especially about user centered cataloging. You have had a far ranging impact on the cataloging world! Thank you!
Jody Crocker Jody Crocker from Manhattan wrote on March 25, 2016 at 2:56 pm:
Hope your birthday was wonderful. I've always read your posts on AutoCat.
Susan Hartman Susan Hartman from Montrose, Colorado wrote on March 25, 2016 at 2:52 pm:
Belated Happy Birthday, Mac. Tradition in our family is to sing the Happy Birthday song to the Birthday Person, on their birthday, no matter where we are. Did you hear me?!!! I miss your wisdom and insight already. Hang in there.
Marian Schad Marian Schad from Doylestown, Pennsylvania wrote on March 25, 2016 at 2:48 pm:
Happy belated birthday Mac. As a long time lurker on Autocat I have gained an incredible amount of practical knowledge from your posts. Thank you for your incalculable contribution to libraries and cataloging!
Julie Swierczek Julie Swierczek from Cambridge wrote on March 25, 2016 at 2:36 pm:
Happy Birthday!