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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.

You are also welcome to schedule an appointment with Mr. Blair for individual or group instruction sessions, ranging from basic library orientation to the use of advanced research materials and techniques. 

And he'll be happy to take a stab at non-music questions, too! Or you can click here for options on contacting an Alkek reference librarian.

Meet Your Music Librarian

Mark Blair has overseen the daily operations and long-range planning of the Schneider Music Library since 2002. He offers reference/research assistance, teaches information literacy, and makes the library's collection development decisions. He also drinks a lot of coffee, takes a lot of pictures, and has a peculiar obsession with collecting recorded versions of "Moonlight in Vermont."

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 been his lifelong passion; under his artistic name, Andy Units, he released his album Night Light in 2011. He posts his ongoing work on Soundcloud.