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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, Music Librarian, has overseen the daily operations and long-range planning of the Schneider Music Library since 2002. He offers reference/research assistance, teaches sessions on information literacy, and makes the library's collection development decisions.  He also drinks a lot of coffee.

He earned his Master's degree in musicology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1997, specializing in the study of twentieth-century Franco-American compositional techniques. Concurrently, he worked as a staff supervisor at 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, with piano and voice as his instruments of focus. Songwriting/recording has long been his passion; and under his artistic name, Andy Units, he released his album Night Light in 2011.  A collection of new songs, The New Sincerity, is scheduled for release in 2015.