Laurel Darling is a dual-degree master’s student in History and Library and Information Sciences at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She is interested in a myriad of pathways in academic librarianship - medical, health science, reference, research, and instruction. In her professional practice, she aspires to bridge connections between higher education institutions and their surrounding communities to explore how academic resources can support local-area community members.
18th & 19th Century Britain and Empire
History of Medicine; History of the Family
History of Reproduction - conception, childbirth, infertility, midwifery, obstetrics, the socio-medical construction of race in obstetrics
Laurel studies the history of eighteenth and nineteenth-century Britain and empire, as well as the history of medicine and family, with an emphasis on reproductive health. Her research aims to explore childlessness through infertility, false conception, and miscarriage in eighteenth-century Britain.
B.A in English & Art History — University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 2019
Awards and Honors
List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent based on student evaluations for Spring 2023
IS 199: iSchool Explore, Engage, Develop
Teaching Assistant (Fall 2022 EE1 & EE2)
Lead Instructor (Spring 2023 EE1 & EE2)
Additional Campus Affiliations
M.S. in Library & Information Sciences Candidate, School of Information Sciences
Preprofessional Graduate Assistantship, Grainger Engineering Library Information Center
Graduate Hourly; eLearning; Main Library
Post Retraction Citation Research Project Team Member, Information Quality Lab