Lucia Cedeira Serantes, Assistant Professor
Lucia Cedeira Serantes, Assistant Professor

Coordinator of the Certificate in Children's and Young Adult Services in the Public Library
Rosenthal Library, Room 242
Graduate School of Library and Information Studies
Queens College, City University of New York
Phone: (718) 570-0512
Fax: (718) 997-3797


  • Ph.D. (2014) Library and Information Science. Faculty of Information and Media Studies. The University of Western Ontario (Canada) 
Thesis: Young Adults Reflect on the Experience of Reading Comics in Contemporary Society: Overcoming the Commonplace and Recognizing Complexity. Available at
  • MLIS (2003) University of Pittsburgh 
  • Research Proficiency degree (2002) Library and Information Science. University of Salamanca (Spain) 
  • Three Year degree and Licenciate in Library and Information Science and Documentation (2000) University of Salamanca (Spain)

 Work Experience

  • Assistant professor (present). Graduate School of Library and Information Science. Queens College (CUNY) 
  • Limited Duties Instructor. (2012-2013) Faculty of Information and Media Studies. The University of Western Ontario. 
  • Coordinator. (2004-2007) Young Adult Library, Fundación Germán Sánchez Ruipérez – Salamanca (Spain) 
  • Librarian. (2004-2007) Center for Information and Research in Children and Young Adult Literature, Fundación Germán Sánchez Ruipérez – Salamanca, Spain. May 2004 – 2007. 
  • LBSCI 702: Information Resources and Services 
  • LBSCI 711: Collection Development 
  • LBSCI 739: Materials for Young Adults 
  • LBSCI 737: Literature for Children and Adolescents 
  • LBSCI 777: Planning and Delivering Young Adult Services in the Public Library 
  • LBSCI 790.3: Seminar Comics in Libraries

Research and Teaching Interests: 

Reading; Youth Media/Commodities; Young Adult Services; Public Libraries; Reference and Information Services; Critical Librarianship; Diversity, Gender and Professional Issues.

 Research & Professional Interests

My primary research lies at the intersection of young adults, reading, and public libraries, with an emphasis on reading practices related to comics. I am interested in the interplay between identity, culture, and social structures to study the complexity of an everyday activity such as reading for pleasure.
My research interests materialize in a series of teaching topics: Young Adult Services and Youth Media; Reading and Literacy; Reading Advisory Services; Reference and Information Services, and Information Needs/Behaviors of the Public.
My goal as an instructor is encourage a combination of reflection and self-reflection in future information professional, in an attempt to cultivate responsible and critical practitioners. These future LIS professionals will be actors rather than reactors, regardless of the institutions they choose to work at.

 Selected Publications and Presentations

Cedeira Serantes, L. (2018) The possibilities of comics reading: Uncovering a situated and complex reading experience in Canada. In Evelyn Arizpe and Gabrielle Cliff Hodges (Eds.), Young people reading: Empirical research across international contexts (pp. 19-38 ). London: Routledge.

Cedeira Serantes, L. and Amie Wright. (2018). Understanding Canadian Comics: Collection Development and Teaching with CanCon. Keynote at the Toronto Comics Arts Festival Librarian & Educator Day. May 11.

Cedeira Serantes, L. (2018) Comics and Graphic novels. Contribution in Ross, Catherine Sheldrick, Lynne McKechnie, and Paulette Rothbauer. Why reading still matters (pp. 128-124). Westport, Conn: Libraries Unlimited.

Cedeira Serantes, L. (2017). The reader as a ‘sedimented construct’: The processes of discovering, sharing, and archiving the reader-self. Paper presented at The Seventh Biannual Reception Study Society Conference Celebrating Forty Years of Feminist Reception. St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN. September 21-23.

Balling, Gitte; Lucía Cedeira Serantes; Marianne Martens. (2017). “Young adult readers and technologies of the book: A transnational look at media ecologies beyond the print vs. digital dichotomy.” Panel presented at Technologies of the Book. SHARP 2017. Victoria, BC. June 9-12.

Cedeira Serantes, L. (2016). “When comics set the pace: The experience of time and the reading of comics.” In L. McKechnie, P. Rothbauer, K. Oterholm, and K. I. Skjerdingstad (Eds.) Plotting the Reading Experience: Theory, Practice, Politics (pp. 217-232). Waterloo: Ontario Wilfrid Laurier University Press.

Cedeira Serantes, L. & Dalmer, N. (2016). “LIS and Age: The potential role of critical gerontology and critical youth studies to change LIS work.” Participated at Critical Librarianship Workshop - Faculty of Information, University of Toronto. Toronto, ON, December 3-4.

Cedeira Serantes, L. (2016). “The Invisibles: Becoming and Being a Reader in a Fan-Dominated Community.” Paper presented at Youngsters: On the Cultures of Children and Youth. The Association for Research in the Cultures of Young People. Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC. October 20-22.

Cedeira Serantes, L. (2016). "I think that sort of goes with girls not really thinking that comics are for them" (Oracle, 24): Female comics readers as uneasy squatters in comics culture. Paper presented at Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Conference. Seattle, March 22-25

Cedeira Serantes, L. (2015). “’This is the Closest Thing You’re Going to Get to Holding an Idea, This is the Closest Thing an Idea is Gonna Become to Being Physical’: Affordances of Comics Print and Digital Reading.” Paper presented at The Sixth Biannual Reception Study Society Conference. Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. September 25-26.

McKechnie, Lynne; Kimball, M. and Lucía Cedeira Serantes. (2015). “Playing with the Book: Evolving Forms of Story for Children and Young Adults.” Panel presented at The Generation and Regeneration of Books. SHARP 2015. Longueuil and Montreal, 7 – 10 July 

Cedeira Serantes, L. (2013). Misfits, loners, immature students, reluctant readers: Librarianship participates in the construction of teen comics readers. In Anthony Bernier (Ed.), Transforming young adult services: A reader for our age (pp.115-135). New York: Neal-Schuman.

McKechnie, Lynne; Lucía Cedeira Serantes, and Cameron Hoffman. (2012) Dancing around the edges: The use of postmodern approaches in information behaviour research as evident in the published proceedings of the biannual ISIC conferences, 1996 – 2010. Information Research, 17(4).

 Selected Honors and Awards

  • John A. Lent Scholarship in Comics Studies (2011). International Comics Arts Forum 
  • ALISE/University of Washington iSchool Youth Services Graduate Student Travel Award (2011) 
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2010). Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. Ontario.