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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Mary Ann Mercante Mary Ann Mercante from St. Louis wrote on March 25, 2016 at 2:30 pm:
Happy Birthday! Your common sense, user-centered approach to cataloging has been a model for me through the years of what cataloging should be. Thanks for all you've done for catalog users.
Lynda Wright Lynda Wright from Ashland, Virginia wrote on March 25, 2016 at 2:23 pm:
Happy Birthday, Mac! I have a notebook full of your Autocat posts and "cheat sheets" for which I am very grateful. Best wishes.
Barbara Snead Barbara Snead from Baltimore, MD wrote on March 25, 2016 at 2:23 pm:
Wishing you a very happy, though belated, birthday. Though we've never met, I've learned much from your extremely helpful postings and from your web site.
Yasmin Morais Yasmin Morais from Washington, DC wrote on March 25, 2016 at 2:20 pm:
Happy Belated Birthday, Mac. I have learned so much from your postings over the years. Best wishes to you and your family.
Amber Jones Amber Jones from Richmond, VA wrote on March 25, 2016 at 2:18 pm:
Happy Belated Birthday Mac!!!
Laina Laina from Boston wrote on March 25, 2016 at 2:04 pm:
Happy Birthday Mac!
Jo Williams Jo Williams from Murfreesboro wrote on March 25, 2016 at 2:03 pm:
Thanks, Mac. Happy birthday!
Michelle S Michelle S from Cape Cod, Massachusetts wrote on March 25, 2016 at 1:50 pm:
Happy birthday Mac! Please know that your expertise in cataloging has helped me, a fairly recent library school graduate, a lot as I begin my library career in information organization. Thank you and again, happy birthday!
GF GF from Charleston, South Carolina wrote on March 25, 2016 at 1:48 pm:
Best wishes. Your voice of reason always stands out.
Dralene Townsend, Johns Hopkins University Dralene Townsend, Johns Hopkins University from Baltimore wrote on March 25, 2016 at 1:45 pm:
Dear Mac, I hope this outpouring of affection is a tonic! Thanks for all the helpful advice over the years and the cheat sheets that have benefitted so many.
Marcia Sexton Marcia Sexton from Ramsey wrote on March 25, 2016 at 1:41 pm:
Happy Birthday Mac! I have always learned something from your well phrased AUTOCAT postings. Thank you for your never-ending catalog wisdom and support!
Lee-Anne Lee-Anne from Boston, MA wrote on March 25, 2016 at 1:03 pm:
Happy Belated Birthday, Mac. Your posts have been a great resource for me over the years. Wishing you all the best, from Boston!
Alan MacLennan Alan MacLennan from Aberdeen, Scotland wrote on March 25, 2016 at 12:28 pm:
Happy birthday, and many thanks for sharing your wisdom - it's invaluable for passing on to the next generation of cataloguers.
Anders Ringnér Anders Ringnér from Umeå, Sweden wrote on March 25, 2016 at 11:06 am:
Well, I'm not even a librarian but a nursing researcher with cataloguing as a hobby (true!). I just want to add myself to the line of grateful people - so, thanks and happy birthday!
Sue Reynolds Sue Reynolds from Melbourne wrote on March 25, 2016 at 6:24 am:
Happy birthday Mac. I am a long-time stalker, first-time poster. You have been very helpful to me over the years in my role as an information organisation academic
Marian Dalton Marian Dalton from Brunswick ME wrote on March 25, 2016 at 5:25 am:
I'm not even a cataloguer (I do technology), but am still a silent follower of AUTOCAT. I have saved many of your posts over the years - thoughts to ponder as the world moves around us. Thank you for making us think.
Diana DiPierro Diana DiPierro from La Grange wrote on March 25, 2016 at 4:16 am:
Happy Birthday Mac! As a newbie cataloger it's been a pleasure reading your AUTOCAT posts. Cheers!
Cheryl Cheryl from Oakwood, GA wrote on March 25, 2016 at 3:26 am:
Happy Birthday, and thank you for the MARC field punctuation cheat sheets.
Jolanta Radzik Jolanta Radzik from Plainfield, Illinois wrote on March 25, 2016 at 2:02 am:
Happy birthday! And thank you for all the information you have shared with us, the cataloging community. Thanks.
Leslie Engelson Leslie Engelson from MURRAY wrote on March 25, 2016 at 2:01 am:
Happy Belated Birthday, Mac. We started on AUTOCAT at the same time. Me, as a newbie cataloger fresh out of library school and you, as a friendly, practical, and helpful expert. I learned so much from your posts and am so grateful for your willingness to participate in so many conversations.