J. McRee (Mac) Elrod, born in Gainesville Georgia, March 23, 1932. Moved
to Athens, and then rural area outside Athens (Hull), after the
Gainesville Tornado, when he was in the first grade. Second grade
through an A.B. (history magna cum laude) was at the University of
Georgia. (The elementary and high school were a demonstration school for
the Faculty of Education of the University.) A quarter at Emory was
followed by an M.A. (L.S.) at Peabody College in Nashville, Tennessee,
than an M.A. (Theology) at Scarritt College, also Nashville. (These two
institutions at that time had an alliance with Vanderbilt, which allowed
the students of any to take classes at the other two. Several classes
were therefore taken at Vanderbilt.)
Field work for the second degree
was in Black Tennessee churches. This was followed by a year at Yale
learning Korean, five years in
establishing a library school and
organizing a university library, and then back to Peabody to teach and
get a third master's degree (M.S.L.S.). The relationship with the Black
churches resumed, and work with Black churches and the civil rights
movement carried through until the departure for Canada. About five
years each was spent in Fayette, Missouri, and Delaware, Ohio, in
Methodist college libraries.
Correspondence from a good Korean friend
working for the U.S. Army in Korea led the Elrods to decide the Viet Nam
conflict was evil and so they departed for Canada and assisted war
objectors to immigrate. For about ten years Mac was Head of
Cataloguing at the University of British Columbia.
In January of 1979 Mac
started a business cataloguing for special libraries. Today the business,
Special Libraries Cataloguing,
catalogues for about 50 libraries. One or two cataloguers work on site,
while others work at a distance.
Mac was also a retired
minister and performed the occasional rite of passage.
Having discovered Email, and in particular the mailing list
Autocat, Mac posted letters on a variety of topics including
the classification of automation (QA 76),
requirements of remote cataloguing,
additions to the KF classification
(to which Mark has done an
Mac prepared cataloguing "cheat sheets"
to assist in training.
Cheat sheets exist for monographs, serials, sound recordings,
video recordings, electronic resources, and _authority records.
There are also directions for mapping the elements of the MARC record
to an OPAC and its indexes, and a list of form subdivisions to assist
in retrospective changing them to $v from $x.
Mac was asked to give a keynote address at the OLAC 2010 conference.
You may read the text of his talk
"Rules were made for the patron, not patrons for the rules,"
(from which he departed in delivery), and the
handout suggesting rule bending, arranged by MARC field.