News & Announcements

PINES and the POODLE SSL Vulnerability


You may see articles being passed around the web this week on the POODLE vulnerability.  PINES employs SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) to encrypt private information and protect our end users from threats on the web.  When we receive information via security mailing lists and other reliable sources regarding vulnerabilities, we act quickly to make sure our system is protected.  In this case, the solution is to disable an older fo

PINES Mini-Conference in November


The schedule is now available and the registration is open for the PINES Mini-Conference at Southwest Georgia Regional Library System (Bainbridge) on November 12-13, 2014.


Schedule and Registration

Long Overdue Items


The new automated Long Overdue feature will go into effect on October 15, 2014.


See Long Overdue Items for detailed information and instructions.

Scheduled Web Site Maintenance


The GPLS IT staff will be doing web server maintenance on Wednesday, September 9 from 6pm - approximately 9pm. During this time, you may not be able to reach the following:

  • PINES web site
  • GPLS web site
  • Help Desk
  • Library web sites that are hosted by GPLS
  • PINES catalog FAQ and Help page (the PINES catalog will be unaffected, but the FAQ/Help pages reside on the PINES web site)

Upcoming PINES Executive Committee Meeting


The agenda has been posted for the September 2014 PINES Executive Committee Meeting.

At the May 2014 PINES Executive Committee Meeting, the decision was made to reduce paper waste at future meetings by ending the practice of printing out copies of all handouts for all meeting attendees. Meeting attendees are encouraged to bring a laptop to view handouts or to print out relevant handouts in advance.


Patron Self-Registration / Online Application Form


After the PINES server hardware upgrade is complete, on September 2, 2014, the PINES staff will enable the patron self-registration functionality in the PINES catalog. This will allow new patrons to fill out their library application form online. To complete the registration process, the patrons will need to come into a PINES library to show proof of ID so that the library staff can complete the form and issue the library card.

Watch the Staff Tutorial Now


PINES Patron Database Cleanup and Hardware Upgrade Schedule


Tuesday, August 26 at 5pm - Thursday, August 28 at 6pm

The patron database will be frozen for database cleanup at 5:00 pm. Do not change patron names, addresses, phone numbers, or barcode numbers. You may change patron user names, email addresses, passwords, and expiration dates. Patrons can log in through 'My Account' and change their user names, email addresses, and passwords. You may register new patrons during this time.


Thursday, August 28 at 6pm - Monday, September 1

New Instructional Documentation


The PINES team has been busy at work adding and updating the instructional materials for library staff in the Documentation section of this site.

Some of the new and recently updated pages include: