About the Wilson Dental Library

About the Wilson Dental Library:

A dental library has existed in the School of Dentistry since the late 1800s. In 1999, the library was funded and renamed the Jennifer Ann Wilson Dental Library with a generous donation from Dr. John Wilson and his wife.

Mission Statement:

As one of the USC Libraries, the Jennifer Ann Wilson Dental Library 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. We are committed to cultivating a welcoming environment with equitable and inclusive policies, services, instructional materials, and access to collections to support the needs of Ostrow’s diverse student, faculty, and staff community.