Mackin Integrates with Follett to Create Open Content Repository for PreK-12 Districts

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Mackin announces key product integrations with Follett

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Nov. 2, 2015Follett continues to expand its market leading Destiny solution to be an open agnostic discovery tool for print and digital content that supports PreK-12 classroom and curriculum needs. Another major step in that direction was announced today when Follett unveiled new product integration with Mackin.

The announcement coincides with the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) National Conference, which starts Thursday (Nov. 5) in Columbus, Ohio.

The product integration ensures that once users have logged into Destiny, they can access MackinVIA content without being presented with another separate login prompt from their platform. Students and staff can easily access the content from Destiny with a single click of a consistent open button, further negating the need to remember multiple usernames and passwords.

“We recognize our customers utilize content from multiple vendors and are seeking a single login solution easy to use for all their print and digital resources,” said Nader Qaimari, Executive Vice President and General Manager for Follett School Solutions. “It’s important we all work together to provide teachers and students a more seamless browsing experience and minimize barriers, such as multiple logins. We are pleased to work with vendors, such as MackinVIA, to more easily access content from Destiny with a single click.”

According to Randal Heise, President and CEO of Mackin Educational Resources, “This is a pivotal day for thousands of our mutual customers who have trusted that the MackinVIA and Follett Destiny products would one day be aligned in a ‘customer-first partnership’ to provide convenient one-click access to students and teacher resources. The key to advancing education in a digital world is unrestricted access and this integration puts us all on the right path.”

Qaimari noted Follett will be expanding this “open approach to education” strategy to support integration with other PreK-12 solutions, such as learning management systems, and access to open educational resources (OER) to ensure teachers and students have access to resources where they need them and when they need them.

Both companies will be exhibiting at this week’s AASL National Conference: Follett at booth #309 and Mackin at booth #317.

 

To determine whether integration between Destiny and MackinVIA is right for you, please call Destiny’s Technical Support at 800-323-3397 to get started. They will confirm that software version requirements are met. Also, the integration requires a signed agreement allowing Destiny to share student data with Mackin. They will be able to provide you with this form. Once the completed form has been submitted to Destiny, they will communicate with us at Mackin so that we can complete the integration setup.

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