Zimmerman, Margaret

Assistant Professor

PhD - Library and Information Science, University of South Carolina
MS - Information Systems, Drexel University
MLIS - Concentration in Digital Libraries, Drexel University


School of Library and Information Science
3074 Main Library
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242-1420

Margaret Zimmerman completed a doctorate in Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina. She also has a Master’s in Information Systems and a MLIS with a concentration in digital libraries, both from Drexel University. Her research areas of interest focus on the health-seeking behaviors and patterns of women of disadvantaged populations. Professor Zimmerman studies the impact that information access, information literacy, and reading and literacy has had in affecting the health and well-being of the women she studies. In addition, Zimmerman has a background in school libraries and is interested in examining the potential of school media specialists in promoting health literacy to at-risk girls. Zimmerman’s recent research includes a comparative study between the health-seeking behaviors of women in Uganda and the United States, a literature review of work that examines the relationship between female literacy and maternal health outcomes, and a study on the reproductive health-related patterns of women that live in poverty.

Areas of Interest: 
Information literacy, health literacy, health information-seeking behavior, disadvantaged populations, maternal outcomes, school librarianship.