Processing & Cataloging

When you order from Mackin, your titles are guaranteed to arrive shelf-ready. Your only job is to provide us with your cataloging and processing specification preferences and then we take over. From perfectly aligned spine labels to free custom MARC records, our precision processing and cataloging will save you time and money.

Free Standard Shelf-Ready Custom Processing

All your titles will arrive completely processed to your exact specifications. Spine labels, barcodes, mylar covers on jacketed books, as well as Accelerated Reader, Lexile or Reading Counts labeling.

Optional Services

We can apply clear property labels customized for your school in any location you choose. We also apply Checkpoint and 3M theft detection. Laminated covers can be applied to paperback books for added durability, or choose to Mackinbind your paperbacks and take advantage of our lifetime guarantee.

Free Custom MARC Records

Mackin provides full MARC21 electronic records for every title you order—books, eBooks, audiobooks, CDs, and DVDs. If a title requires original cataloging, our master-degreed catalogers produce a complete MARC21 record. All records have full annotations, LC and/or Sears subject headings and an interest level range. Reading level, reading program levels, reviews and awards are added when applicable.

Consistency Guaranteed

Our MARC records adhere to all MARC21 standards and can be customized to fit your individual needs. They load flawlessly into whatever software system your school uses.


Easy-to-read book labels will be placed exactly where you want them, consistently, from book to book.

Free Fiction Genre Classification

Many schools are opting to catalog and shelve fiction books by genre to increase circulation, encourage browsing, and empower students to find books they enjoy.  Did you know that Mackin now provides the option of free fiction genre cataloging on your book orders?  We have made it easy for you by assigning a default genre to over 20,000 fiction books with more being added every day. You can either use Mackin’s default genre or easily assign your own.  We’ll change your call number if desired, add a location code if needed, and add the genre subject heading to your records, all at no extra charge. We can also apply colored label protectors, Mackin-designed Genre labels, or Demco Genre labels for just 10 cents per book. Please contact customer service to request our Genre Cataloging and Processing form.

RDA Catalog Standard

RDA (Resource Description Access) went into effect on April 1st, 2013 and all materials published after that date are cataloged using the RDA cataloging standard. RDA replaced the AACR2r (Anglo American Cataloging Rules 2nd edition revised) standard.


Therefore, Mackin, following industry standards, provides a mix of AACR2r and RDA MARC records. However, if you do not wish to receive RDA formatted records, we are able to provide all of your records in AACR2r format. Please contact our Customer Service department at 800.245.9540 or


Fill out your specifications online or through a downloadable form. Once we have your custom requirements on file, they will be used for your orders. If you would like different processing or cataloging for an order, please contact our Customer Service Department at 800.245.9540.