About Us

Library Administrator

Michael Balsamo Michael Balsamo, Dean of Learning Resources and Libraries
Michael started at Macomb as a student in 1985. After graduating from Macomb with an Associate Degree, he continued his education at Oakland University where he earned the degree of Bachelor of Science in Management and at Walsh College graduating with a Master’s of Science in Business Management. Michael received his Doctorate degree from Walden University in Administrative Leadership for Teaching and Learning. Michael came back to Macomb as an adjunct Business instructor in 2000 and became Associate Dean of Business in 2005. In 2011 he became Dean of Learning Resources and Libraries.

Library Faculty

Teresa Biegun

Teresa Biegun, Electronic Information Services Librarian
biegunt@macomb.edu, (586) 286-2233

Teresa has a bachelor's degree in political science and a master's degree in information and library studies from the University of Michigan. She has been at Macomb since 1996, and was previously Business Reference Librarian at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. As Electronic Information Services Librarian, Teresa stays apprised of available electronic information resources, communicates with vendors to review/assess products, and makes recommendations regarding our online resources. Teresa is interested in how library technologies can improve student learning and how we can most effectively assess whether or not library resources and services are positively impacting student success and achievement.

Steve Rybicki

Steve Rybicki, Public Services Librarian 
rybickis@macomb.edu, (586) 286-2056 

Steve pursued his library degree from the University of Michigan, with a BA from the University of Detroit Mercy , and an M Ed from Marygrove College.  He honed his reference skills at Detroit Public Library, and here at Macomb. He enjoys his family, writing, and photography, and has been published in both.  He likes the continuous learning aspect of librarianship and community college life.

Chris Schimers

Christopher Schimers, Instructional Services Librarian
schimersc@macomb.edu, (586) 445-7442

Chris attended Macomb Community College before earning his bachelor’s degree in history from Eastern Michigan University, and his master’s degree in library and information science from Wayne State University. He completed his graduate practicum at Macomb, and held the position of Assistant Librarian at Baker College of Port Huron. Chris is interested in educating through library instruction, new and emerging technologies within the library, and reaching out to students, faculty, staff and the community through taking part in enrichment programming. He is also an instructor in the College Success Skills course, and is a member of the Macomb Multicultural International Initiatives and African American History and Cultural Committee. He enjoys spending time with friends and family, and volunteering within the community. 

Cassandra Spieles

Cassandra Spieles, Collections & Resources Librarian 
spielesc@macomb.edu, (586) 445-7778 

Cassandra Spieles is the Collections & Resources Librarian and coordinator of library programming and exhibits. She additionally is Co-Coordinator of the MMII initiative, which promotes diversity and global awareness on campus, and an instructor of CSSK-1200. Cassandra began working at the Library in 1995 and has held 7 different positions since then. She is a graduate of East Detroit High School and has an Associate of Arts (Macomb Community College), a Bachelor's in English/Geography (Wayne State University), a Master's in Academic Library Science (Texas Women's University), a doctorate in Systematic Theology (Master's International School of Divinity). She has continued her education at Harvard University (in American Protest Literature) and currently at the University of Michigan (in Information Architecture and Indexing). Cassandra is an avid songwriter and has published two books, Passengers and Narrow Droplets.

Mary Kickham Samy

Mary Kickham-Samy, Electronic Systems/Services Librarian 
kickham-samym@macomb.edu, (586) 445-7419 

Mary has a master’s degree in teaching English as a foreign language, a master’s in library and information science and a doctorate in instructional design and technology. After studying modern standard Arabic as an undergraduate at the University of Michigan, Mary traveled to Cairo, Egypt, where she taught English grammar and composition to non-native speakers for over 25 years. Eventually, Mary relocated to the U.S., where she worked as an electronic media researcher for a public relations firm in Ann Arbor and as an indexer for JSTOR, before accepting a position as a reference and instruction librarian at Macomb Community College.  Mary’s interests involve designing and developing self-instructional, electronic modules in information literacy for college students.

Library Supervisors

Lois Grogan
groganl@macomb.edu, (586) 445-7510 
Laura Taylor
taylorla@macomb.edu (586) 286-2105 

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