Staff Training


Please contact Terran McCanna ( if you have any questions or to request a future training session on a particular topic at your library system.


  • August 13, 2014: Introduction to Cataloging Concepts for Non-Catalogers (CLASS IS FULL)
    Athens-Clarke County Library, Athens (registration now open - rescheduled from August 6 to August 13)
    At the end of the session, attendees should have a better understanding of what cataloging is, cataloging standards, and how those standards create the OPAC record. They should be able to look at an OPAC record and understand how it got there, better understand search results, know a little cataloging jargon, and to be able to troubleshoot issues with search retrieval and bibliographic records. This class is open to PINES staff as well as staff from independent library systems.
  • August 27-28, 2014: Original Cataloging Training (RDA) (CLASS IS FULL)
    Athens-Clarke County Library, Athens
    This class is open to PINES CAT1 staff as well as catalogers from independent library systems.
  • September 9-12, 2014: PINES Executive Committee Meeting and Fall Directors' Meeting
    Athens, GA
    More details to come.
  • September 17-18, 2014: PINES CAT1 Training
    Waycross-Ware County Public Library, Waycross, Okefenokee Regional Library System
  • September 24-25, 2014; Original Cataloging Training (RDA)
    Centerville Branch Library, Centerville, Houston County Library System
    This class is open to PINES CAT1 staff as well as catalogers from independent library systems.
  • November 12-13, 2014: PINES Mini-Conference
    Decatur County Library, Bainbridge, Southwest Georgia Regional Library
    More details to come.


PINES Mini-Conferences

The PINES team presents several 2-to-3 day training sessions on various PINES-related topics in different parts of the state each year. As new Mini-Conferences are scheduled, the dates and registration information will be posted here and will be distributed to the PINES mailing lists. For more information, please contact Terran McCanna, PINES Program Manager: 404-235-7138 or


PINES Mini-Conferences Will Include Topics Such As:

  • Advanced Reports
  • Advanced Searching (or, Why do searches return what they do?)
  • Introduction to Cataloging Concepts for Non-Catalogers
  • Circulation Best Practices and Policy
  • Computer Troubleshooting for Non-Technical People
  • Local Administration
  • RDA Toolkit
  • Using the Standalone


Cataloging Training

There are two levels of cataloging training:

  1. CAT1 Training
    This copy cataloging course is required for all PINES CAT1 level catalogers. Permission from the Library Director is required for any PINES staff member to obtain CAT1 permissions.
  2. Original Cataloging
    This course is recommended for catalogers who are experienced copy catalogers and who need to do original cataloging. This course uses the RDA standard; the AACR2 standard is no longer taught by GPLS. This course is open to PINES CAT1 users as well as catalogers from Georgia's independent public library systems.

Both of these courses are scheduled as needed. To request that one of these courses be scheduled, please contact Bin Lin, PINES Cataloging Specialist: 404-235-7139 or


Online Training