02/04/2013 (press release: MackinMarketing) // Burnsville, Minnesota, USA // Troy Mikell

Mackin Educational Resources, a leading distributor of PK-12 books, eBooks, digital resources, and the developer of MackinVIA™ has started the new year by announcing a new partnership with COMPanion Corporation, the makers of the Alexandria™ library automation solution, with an intent to provide a thoughtful integration of the two technology products.

A versatile, well-rounded free eResource management system, MackinVIA boasts a growing catalog of nearly 100,000 eBooks and databases. Users of the recently released Alexandria v6.22.1 can now set up direct access to MackinVIA through the Alexandria Researcher online catalog. In addition, patrons will be able to quickly identify digital resources accessible through MackinVIA with the use of colorful buttons and icons on Alexandria search results and title pages.

“This opportunity to provide a deep integration of MackinVIA and Alexandria clearly demonstrates the commitment our two organizations have to the changing landscape for the use and management of digital resources in K-12 libraries,” commented Randal Heise, president and co-owner of Mackin. “We’re thrilled to have partnered and aligned our mission with a company of their caliber.”

Known for its robust features and user-friendly interface, MackinVIA offers students and staff access to a school’s or district’s licensed digital resources with just one log in. MackinVIA also has a complimentary eReader app that allows users to check out and download eBooks for offline reading. In the near future, users of both products will enjoy additional integration functionality including seeing real-time eBook availability in Alexandria, eBook reporting on MackinVIA resources, leveraging patron and policy permissions, single sign on capabilities, plus automated MARC record loading for digital or print resources purchased from Mackin.

For more information about MackinVIA and educational resources for PK-12 students, please contact Mackin Educational Resources by calling 800-245-9540 or visiting www.Mackin.com.


About Mackin Educational Resources

Mackin Educational Resources has provided library and classroom materials to PK-12 schools for nearly 30 years. Known for its high commitment to customer care and customization, Mackin provides print books, eBooks, online databases, audiobooks, video resources and more to schools across the country and around the globe. Learn more about Mackin Educational Resources by visiting www.mackin.com or contacting them at 800-245-9540 – where every phone call is always answered in person and true customer service still exists.

About COMPanion Corporation

COMPanion Corporation, headquartered in Salt Lake City, UT, is the developer of Alexandria—best known for its power and ease of use. Alexandria offers the best cross platform library automation solution for Windows and Macintosh. Alexandria provides software solutions to the K-12 education market, public and special/corporate libraries. For over 20 years, COMPanion has established itself as a leader in the K-12 education market. Learn more about Alexandria and COMPanion Corporation by visiting www.goalexandria.com or contacting them at 800-347-6439.

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