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About MackinVIA

MackinVIA™ is a program that makes it easy to access your school’s digital resources. You can use MackinVIA on any desktop, laptop, or mobile device with Internet access. If you would like to download titles to read offline, our free MackinVIA app [1] is available for all major mobile devices. Please see Supported Platforms and Devices [2] for more information.

To skip to a subsection of this topic, choose from the links below.

Logging In [3]
Searching [4]
Reading [5]
Highlighting and Note-Taking [6]
Backpacks [7]
Downloading Resources [8]
MackinVIA General Overview Video [9]


Logging In

Log into MackinVIA to view and interact with the digital resources owned by your school. Your teacher or librarian will provide you with a User ID and Password.

MackinVIA Website

  1. Go to https://www.mackinvia.com [10] from any supported browser.
  2. In the School field, begin typing your school’s name and then select it from the dropdown menu.
  3. Enter your User ID and Password.
  4. Click Log In.

Logging into Website [11]

MackinVIA App

  1. Open the MackinVIA app on your device.
  2. Click Sign In.
  3. In the School field, begin typing your school’s name and then select it from the dropdown menu.
  4. Enter your User ID and Password.
  5. Click Log In.

Logging into App [12]
IMPORTANT: Please do not share your User ID and Password. Only your school has the license to access digital resources with this login information. Thank you for your cooperation.


Searching

There are several ways to search for digital resources [13] in your school’s MackinVIA. Use the one that works best for you.

Search [14]

While browsing, you can choose to sort the resources by title, author, newest, or highest rated.

Resource Sort [17]
If you are logged into your Backpack, you can also change the view of your resources by toggling between List or Tile view.

List View [18]Tile View [19]

Once you find a resource, click Open Now to read it, Add to Favorites (or the Heart icon) to save it for later, or Checkout to borrow it.

Open-Save-Checkout [20]

If the resource is currently “Out”, click Request to be placed on a waiting list. You also have the option to Preview it.

Request [21]


Reading

Resources hosted by Mackin will open in the MackinVIA™ Reade [22]r when you select the Open Now button. While in the Reader, you can:

In select eBooks, you will also have the ability to customize text size and font, utilize text-to-speech, or adjust brightness and contrast.

Reader 5 [23]

Please note: Only Mackin-hosted resources are viewable and/or downloadable in the MackinVIA Reader. Your school may own digital resources hosted on other platforms as well.


Highlighting and Note-Taking

To create a note about text in a resource, you must first highlight it. Select the text by clicking and dragging the cursor or Text Selection Pins (or tap/hold on a mobile device). Click on the highlighted text to bring up the Options menu. When the menu appears, select the Highlight Color button or Underline button.

Highlight Menu [24]

After you’ve selected the word/text, click/tap the Note button.

Note [25]

Type your note and click the Save button.

Add Note [26]

A Note icon will appear in the margin next to the highlighted text after you save your note.

Note Icon [27]


Backpacks

Backpack™ accounts [28] help you store and manage your digital resources. While in your Backpack, you can:

To access these features, click on the Backpack icon located next to your name.

Backpack [30]

Favorites

The Favorites [31] feature allows you to view saved resources. You can open, remove from favorites, or check out titles from this page.

Favorites Feature [32]

Notebook

The Notebook [33] feature allows you to access all of your notes and highlights, even from resources that are no longer checked out to you. You can add, edit, and delete notes from this page. The Add General Note option allows you to add notes to your Notebook that are not associated with highlighted text. You also have the option to print your notes or export them to Google Drive or OneDrive. Additionally, you can search your notes by keyword or filter them by color, date, or resource.

Notebook Feature [34]

Checkouts

The Checkouts feature allows you to view your currently checked out resources. You can open, return, or renew titles from this page.

Checkouts Feature [35]

Please note: The Renew button will only be available when at least 5 days remain in the checkout period

Requests

The Requests feature allows you to view your requested resources (titles currently in use by someone else). When a title becomes available, it will be placed on hold and you can check it out from this page.

Requests Feature [36]

Assignments

The Assignments feature allows you to access resources assigned by your teacher or librarian. You will be provided with an assignment code by your teacher or librarian. Enter the code and the assigned title will populate on this page. The title will remain locked until the assignment becomes active and will automatically be returned at the end of the assignment period.

Assignment [37]


Downloading Resources

Mackin-hosted resources [29] can be downloaded for offline access. To download a title to your device:

  1. Open the MackinVIA app on your device and log into your Backpack.
  2. Select the desired title and click/tap Checkout.
    Download-Checkout [38]
  3. The Download button will be available after checking out the title. Click/tap this button to download it to your device.
    Download [39]

A red icon will appear on the cover image after the download is complete. Click/tap the Open Now button to read the title offline.

Offline Download [40]

Please note: The download process requires internet access. Once a title is downloaded, it will be available for reading offline. Please remain logged into your Backpack prior to going offline.


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