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Laurel Darling


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. 

Research Interests

  • 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


Research Description

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

  • 2024 Health Sciences Information Management Award, School of Information Sciences, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent based on student evaluations for Spring 2023

Courses Taught

  • 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