Our Organization

Mission Statement

South Central Regional Library Council empowers our members through advocacy, networking, resources, and professional development; and by supporting diversity, innovation, and collaboration to strengthen their ability to serve their communities and promote environmentally sustainable practices.


South Central Regional Library Council (SCRLC) is one of nine Reference and Research Library Resources Councils comprising the Empire State Library Network (ESLN). As a multitype consortium, SCRLC serves over 75 members across 10,000 square miles in the 14 counties of Allegany, Broome, Cayuga, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Otsego, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins, and Yates, reaching approximately 500 libraries including the members of its 3 public library systems and 6 school library systems.

SCRLC was chartered by the New York State Board of Regents in 1967 and functions under state law and the State Education Department. Funding sources include the State of New York, grants, and membership dues and fees. SCRLC is governed by a representative Board of Trustees elected by the membership. In this collaborative environment, SCRLC staff and Board are assisted in needs assessment, planning, and implementation of programs and services by advisory committees and task groups. SCRLC members actively participate in the Council's programs and benefit from services and grant programs.

The SCRLC membership is strengthened by the diversity of resources, expertise, ideas, and perspective of its multi-type membership, bringing together library interests across library type. SCRLC is the means through which its diverse membership coordinates, networks, learns, advocates, discovers, and builds on their commonalities. Together, members can achieve a level of service for their users that would be impossible to do alone or as any one type of library. Multi-type library organizations like SCRLC strengthen library services, programs, and access to information for the benefit of all library users, the region, and society as a whole. Multi-type library organizations ensure everyone's success.


Martin Learning Center

 About John H. Martin

John H. Martin was well-known within the Corning area through his many contributions to local libraries, museums, and the field of education. He was involved in the planning and development of the Arthur A. Houghton, Jr. Library at Corning Community College where he was the first faculty member hired in 1958.


Dr. Martin was instrumental in assisting the Corning Museum of Glass in salvaging their collection after the flood of 1972 by offering them space in the college library. He served on various museum and library boards including the Corning Public Library, Friends of the Library, the Northeast Museums Association, and the Corning-Painted Post Historical Society. Prior to his positions at the Corning Museum of Glass as Deputy Director & Rakow Library Director, Dr. Martin was a Professor of English and Director of the Corning Community College Arthur A. Houghton, Jr. Library.


Dr. Martin, who died on September 7, 2007, was a devoted supporter of all libraries and a long-time supporter of SCRLC, serving on the Council's Board of Trustees from 1987-1991, and as Board President for the last three years of his term. Under his leadership, the Council's Trust, which was particularly interested in continuing education and training for library staff, was founded.


On Friday, 22 May 2009 the training room was dedicated in honor of Dr. John (Jack) H. Martin. Mrs. Phyllis Martin and Jack's son, Todd, were able to join us as we honored a leader who dedicated so much of his time, thinking, expertise, and enthusiasm to the library community. "Dr. Martin advocated continuing education opportunities for all library workers, so it is very appropriate that the Board of Trustees is naming the center in his honor," remarked SCRLC Executive Director, Mary-Carol Lindbloom. "He understood that excellent libraries require a highly trained staff and that the Council must offer a wide-range of learning opportunities to accomplish this."

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