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Ask the Music Librarian


Do you have a music-related reference question?  You can stop by the office of Mark Blair, the music librarian, next to the Schneider Music Library circulation desk.  Alternatively, you can contact him by email, or by phone at (512) 245-9661.

Students, faculty and staff needing help learning how to use the Schneider Music Library can schedule a session with Mr. Blair.  Instruction may range from basic library orientation to the use of advanced research materials and techniques.  Please contact him by email, and describe your topic or research needs.  In order to give you the best research assistance, please give him at least two days notice for your request.


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Meet Your Music Librarian

Mark Blair (email) is the Music Librarian and Head of the Schneider Music Library at Texas State University-San Marcos. He offers reference assistance, teaches sessions on information literacy, and makes the library's collection development decisions. He also maintains this website.

Before coming to Texas State in 2002, Mark served as Information Manager at cPubs, an Austin-based technical writing firm. He also volunteered at SafePlace, a center for the prevention of domestic violence and sexual abuse, establishing their counselor resource library.

He earned a Master's degree in musicology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1997, specializing in the study of twentieth-century compositional techniques. Concurrently, he served as Staff Supervisor of the UT Fine Arts Library. This experience inspired him to enter UT's School of Information, from which he earned a second Master's degree in 2000.

Mark's bachelor's degree (UT, 1993) is in music composition. Songwriting/recording remains his passion.