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“It’s about time, Dr. V!”: On maximizing database use with the one-login MackinVia app

Frankly, our password sheet has always been a royal pain.

I’ve long been in search of an authentication solution–a relatively barrier-free strategy for out-of-school database access.

For Mackin customers, MackinVia creates a single hub for e-books and database content–a one-user ID and password to your database collection (and your MackinVia ebooks) accessible from any internet-connected device–desktop, laptop, phone, tablet.

A free, password-protected MackinVIA app is available for download.

I am a very new customer, with a rather meager collection of e-books, and I am grateful that my new friends at Mackin are working so hard to make authentications work across our significant database collection.

We’re nearly there.  And we are beginning to roll the app out with our classes.

The general student reaction, “It’s about time, Dr. V!”

I agree.

Many thanks to Brandon, Gabe, Lucas, and Max graciously volunteered to create the video to introduce the Mackin app on Morning News. (We used Mozilla Popcorn Maker to add a few extras to this informal video.)

As for e-book purchasing going forward, this is a business/service strategy that works. I am truly impressed with the team’s dedicated effort to get me set up. I like Mackin’s focus on unlimited, simultaneous e-book access and that I can easily import new materials into Destiny.  (BTW, Destiny is one of those authentications on our MackinVia app.)

Here’s a closer look:

user authentication screen


first page of our database options


This is Part II in my search for more accessible solutions and maximizing use.

Coming soon, in Part III, I’ll be trialing another step toward more sensible access (though not a free one.)  In an upcoming post, I’ll explore EBSCO’s new Discovery Service, which promises a fast, streamlined, single-search-box approach to discovering our entire collection.

Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza


  1. Laura DElia says:

    Hi Joyce,
    I love it when services work together to make it easier for us! Have you heard of (or tested) Credo Reference yet? Would love to know what you think.


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