Tip for: 09.28.15

Alexandria integrates with Mackin’s eBook system MackinVIA. Let’s look at setting up your Extras Preferences for MackinVIA. 
Note: The following Tip applies to both version 6 and 7 of Alexandria. 


Set up Extras Preferences: MackinVIA (2:22) (info)

Alexandria integrates with Mackin’s eBook system MackinVIA. Learn how to set up your Extras Preferences.

Download  (27 MB) | Script (PDF)

To enable MackinVIA integration*:

  1. From Tools, open Preferences.
  2. Under the Management category, click on Extras.
  3. Select MackinVIA from the list on the left.
  4. Check the box to Enable MackinVIA.
  5. Fill in the Vendor URL (e.g. [1]) for your reference.
  6. Enter the Account ID.
  7. Enter the MackinVIA Code.
  8. Save the preference.

*Note MackinVIA is a paid add-on. Contact our Sales Team at 1-800-347-6439 to learn more. 


What is the ‘Account ID'? 
The Account ID is your MackinVIA account ID; if you don’t know your Account ID, please contact MackinVIA (800)-245-9540; if you don’t have one yet, you can register for one at the Mackin website: [2] 

What is this ‘MackinVIA Code’? 
The MackinVIA Code, which MackinVIA refers to as the Terminal Password, is essentially a password which you create and provide to Mackin. It allows MackinVIA to communicate with Alexandria in order to authenticate Alexandria patrons. Be sure the code is no less than seven alphanumerics (letters or numbers), without spaces, punctuation, or special characters. 

MackinVIA eBooks in Researcher 
When Patrons perform a search, the MackinVIA ebooks can be quickly spotted by the cover art

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After logging in to the Researcher, patrons will be able to add the ebooks to lists, write reviews, and access the ebook on MackinVIA. 
MackinVIA will authenticate this patron with Alexandria to ensure they are in good standing with your library, and are allowed checkouts of this type according to Alexandria preferences and policies


Additional Information 

  • When you choose the MackinVIA solution, you will receive MARC records for your ebooks; import those records into Alexandria, and those ebooks become available through the Alexandria Researcher just like your other resources. 
  • To enable the Vendor access through Circulation, and modify Mackin ebook import settings, fill out information under the Mackin area. 
  • Be aware that MackinVIA eBooks will import as title records, and they do not need copies
  • MackinVIA books can not be directly viewed from Alexandria. Patrons will need to sign in to MackinVIA with their personal logins in order to view and check out MackinVIA books. 
  • Patrons can use the MackinVIA app to manage and read their MackinVIA ebooks. 


Now you are ready to use MackinVIA with Alexandria! 

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