To edit a user record, retrieve the patron record (Search > Search for Patrons). Verify that all information is up to date and in the correct format. See: Patron Registration Field Descriptions
Most types of PINES cards are valid for 2 years. The system will notify staff that a card is about to expire (within 30 days) or has already expired by placing an alert on the patron record which displays whenever the patron record is retrieved. Patrons can see their own expiration dates when logging into “My Account” via the OPAC. Patrons that include an email address in their account will be sent an automated courtesy notice 30 days prior to their account expiration date.
At renewal time, staff should ask to see current identification and update the patron’s information (address, phone number, etc.) This is a good time to add or update the patron’s email address, and confirm that the user’s full name is entered. Be sure to correct any typos or capitalization problems in the record, and verify that the Driver's License is in the correct format (GA-123456789).
If a user’s account is set to expire during the proposed renewal period for items, Evergreen will not allow a renewal past the patron expiration date.
An online account renewal form will be available to patrons through the “My Account” section of the OPAC if the following conditions are met:
If the patron does not have an address change, the account will be renewed without requiring the patron to come into the library. If the patron does have an address change, the account will be given a 30-day temporary renewal and the patron will be required to come into the library with their proof of address so that staff may verify it and fully renew the account. (Homebound and GLS patrons are exempted from this requirement.)
When mail is returned to the library due to an incorrect address, the patron’s address should be marked as invalid. These users will then be omitted from the overdue notice reports.
If a patron moves from one PINES library system to another, change the home library of the patron from the old library system to the new library system and update address, telephone numbers, and hold pickup location in the patron record. The patron may keep the same card if they wish to, however it is recommended that staff replace the patron’s card with one from the new library system, as electronic reference database access is often based on patron card number. (Please note that the $2 card replacement fee is waived in this scenario.) Although it won't count as a new registration, the patron will now be included in reports of all patrons registered in the new library system.
If a patron moves from one library to another within the same system, the home library and hold pickup location should be changed in the patron record and the address and telephone information should be updated.
Georgia law mandates that library staff offer patrons the opportunity to register to vote when receiving or making changes to their library accounts.
Evergreen contains a feature that allows the complete deletion of patron accounts, but this is restricted to extreme cases and may only be performed by PINES staff at the request of a library director.
In the case of deceased patrons, the best practice is to:
This will effectively anonymize that person's account without affecting circulation or billing history.
When a PINES staff member leaves employment, his or her account should be immediately changed from a staff permission group to the standard Patron permission group. The email address and other contact info should be updated to reflect personal rather than business information.