About Our Team
Mark Blair, Music Librarian
Mark 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."
Born in Sioux City, Iowa, Mark went to high school in Oswego, New York and then Cleburne, Texas. He earned his Master's degree in musicology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1997, specializing in the study of twentieth-century French-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.
Brittney McKinney, Library Assistant
Hailing from Austin, Texas, Brittney McKinney has worked at the Schneider Music Library since the Fall of 2017. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance with a double minor in French and Opera. Outside of singing, she loves playing the flute, sewing, and watching Disney movies and other fine films.
Celeste Parler, Library Assistant
Celeste is from Cypress, Texas and has worked at the Schneider Music Library since August 2020. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Digital Media Innovation with a minor in Sociology. She is also a member of the Honors College and KTSW San Marcos 89.9. She hopes to work in the field of digital journalism and content creation writing about fashion and telling unique stories. In her free time she likes to discover new music, go thrift shopping, and hang out with her friends on and off-campus. Celeste loves working at the Music Library because of the relaxing environment, its cozy aesthetic, and getting to help the amazing music-loving patrons.
Jennifer Mendoza, Library Assistant
"I was born in Houston, Texas. This is my second year at Texas State and at the Music Library. I am a Fashion Merchandising and Accounting major with a minor in Business Administration. I plan on pursuing a Masters in Social Work and creating a sustainable clothing company accessible to minority communities, and also to open up a youth center in Houston. During my free time, I love creating art, reading, and listening to Mac Miller. I really enjoy working at the Music Library because it’s such a cozy place and I get to interact with some of the nicest and friendliest people here. An added bonus is seeing all the passionate students practice something they really love!"
Jessica Martinez, Library Assistant
Her roots in San Antonio, Jessica is majoring in Music Studies at Texas State. She is currently a member of the Texas State Wind Symphony, the Texas State Clarinet Choir, and the Bobcat Marching Band. She served as a brother and Secretary of the Theta Alpha chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi during her first two years at Texas State. In her free time, she loves to binge watch shows, play Animal Crossing, talk to her friends, and draw. Jessica loves working at the Schneider Music Library because it’s such a calm environment with kind patrons with whom she can talk about music.
Kats Jimenez, Library Assistant
coming from seabrook (a small town in houston), kats has been a part of the schneider music crew since august 2021. they are pursuing a bachelors of history and anthropology with minors in spanish and southwestern studies. in their free time, she likes to watch videos about music history and film and enjoying playing video games that friends recommend. they love working at the library because of the wonderful people they’ve met and because of the relaxing atmosphere.
Mackenzie Plourde, Library Assistant
"I was born in Massachusetts and was a military child for most of my life. I study Philosophy here at Texas State. I enjoy playing my cello for the SMART Orchestra and also playing games in my spare time. It's great working with people in the library, and I am always open to questions from anyone!"
Ryan Webb, Library Assistant
Ryan is from a small town in Texas called Brownwood. He's a first-year student at TXST and is majoring in Construction Science and Management. He has been with the Schneider Music Library since Fall 2021. Even though he is a construction major, his abilities on the trumpet bring out his love for making music. In his free time, Ryan loves to swim, hike, hang out with friends, play trumpet, and maybe play the occasional video game.