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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, 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, 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, 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 Swiderski

Cassandra Swiderski, Collections & Resources Librarian, 586.445.7778 

Cassandra Swiderski 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.

Laura taylor

Laura Taylor, Instructional and Reference Services Librarian, 586-445-7419

Laura has attained a bachelor’s in communications from Oakland University, as well as a master’s of library and information science from Wayne State University. Laura’s role as Instructional and Reference Services Librarian includes focusing on students’ development of critical thinking and information literacy skills for education, professional development, and personal success. Prior to her current position, Laura served as the Library Manager at Center Campus from 2005-2017, where her responsibilities included coordinating day-to-day library operations in order to ensure quality access to library services for all users.

Library Managers

Jackie Blonigen, Center Campus, 586.286.2105

Heidi Koskela, South Campus, 586.445.7880