About the Wilson Dental Library

About the Wilson Dental Library:

The Jennifer Ann Wilson Dental Library and Learning Center traces its inception to the 1880s. The College
of Dentistry, as the school was then known, purchased the private library of a dentist in the late 1890s
and from that genesis the current collection developed.

In 1999 Dr. John Wilson and his wife, Helen, generously donated a sum of monies for the establishment
of the library to be named the Jennifer Ann Wilson Dental Library and Learning Center. This thoughtful
gift to the students, staff and faculty of the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC will be
appreciated for many years.

Mission Statement:

As one of the USC Libraries, the Jennifer Ann Wilson Dental Library and Learning Center provides
information resources and support primarily for the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC faculty,
staff and students and selectively for the general oral healthcare community and the public. Library
services are designed to anticipate and to be responsive to information needs for teaching, learning,
research, and healthcare.

Vision Statement:

Aligning with the strategic plans of the University, Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry and the USC Libraries,
the Jennifer Ann Wilson Dental Library maintains knowledge of advances in oral health informatics, health
information literacy, and evidence-based practice to participate effectively in improving the information
environment of the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry and USC. Educational efforts are conducted to
assure effective use of information and information-gathering methodologies for lifelong and
independent learning. Librarians select resources in direct support of the Herman Ostrow School of
Dentistry and organize and disseminate them for efficient use and easy navigation. Librarians
collaborate with USC faculty, researchers, and healthcare providers in planning and executing the
information components of programs conducted by those groups. The library fosters the utilization of its
resources by alerting users to new products and actively promoting a full range of services. The library
encourages interaction with its clientele to determine priorities and to evaluate programs. In addition,
the library faculty and staff contribute to the scholarship of health sciences librarianship and informatics
and participate in professional, university, and community activities.