Staff Training

Schedule of Upcoming Classes

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

  • PINES Mini-Conference
    Tuesday and Wednesday, May 15-16, 2018 (Prior to the Spring PINES Executive Committee Meeting and Directors' Meeting)
    Dalton, GA
    The online registration form is closed, but there are still seats available - contact Terran McCanna ( if you have not registered but wish to attend.


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 May 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
  • Problematic Circulation Transactions
  • 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 (RDA)
    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