Mac Nelson is a faculty librarian at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he has served since 2006 as cataloger of the Cello Music Collection, the largest repository of cello music-related materials in the world.
Mac is an active member of both the Music Library Association (MLA) and the Music OCLC Users Group (MOUG). For the MLA, he serves on the Educational Outreach Program Subcommittee (EOP). In this capacity he has presented cataloging workshops for the Music Library Association, Southeast Chapter, and the North Carolina Library Association. Mac is also a past member of the MOUG Executive Board, which he served as Continuing Education Coordinator. He was the 2010 recipient of the MLA’s Walter Gerboth Award and was named an ALA Emerging Leader in 2007. Before becoming a librarian, Mac enjoyed a career of over twenty years as a musician, teacher, and school administrator. He holds graduate degrees in Medieval Studies (University of York, England, 1992), Guitar Performance (Appalachian State University, 2003), and Library and Information Studies (University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2004). While in York, Mac served as musician to the Lords of Misrule, a drama company specializing in the performance of early English plays. For many years he was on the faculty of Carolina Day School in Asheville, North Carolina, where he taught English, history, and music and served as Dean of Students and Upper School Head. Mac is President Emeritus of the Classical Guitar Society of the Western Carolinas.