A Custom Subscriptions Program
MackinCurator is a custom print and digital subscription service from Mackin. Our professional librarians and educators work with you to create a custom program of titles that meet your needs. Best of all, YOU decide how much you want to spend!
Here are the top 5 reasons why the new MackinCurator subscription works for you:
Huge timesaver for busy library professionals that need to balance numerous responsibilities.
Our recommended lists are created by librarians and teachers that curate through thousands of books to create custom lists for your library, based on your profile of preapproved categories, topics or genres. Plus, they check against your current collection to avoid duplicates.
Once you have received the recommended title list which we create for you three times per year, you will have 7 days to review the titles. At the end of the review window, all titles left on the list we posted for you will be ordered and filled against your prepaid subscription balance.
The amount of money you spend on your subscription is completely determined by you! There is a minimum subscription value, but you can establish your MackinCurator subscription for any amount equal to or greater than $1,000.
You can start your subscription anytime during the year. You select the 3 months you want to receive shipments or we can pick the three delivery dates for you.
1. How will I know when my 7-day review window starts?
An email will be sent to you announcing that your list has been posted and clearly listing when the 7-day review period ends. If you look at your list on day one and love all your titles, you can let us know right away to get these titles on order for you, or you can choose not to respond and let the 7-day window expire automatically and the titles will be sent.
2. What happens if I miss the 7-day window of reviewing the titles and deleting any titles I may not want (i.e. illness, vacation/school breaks, etc.)
Our MackinCurator professionals are choosing the best titles that meet your exact profile which you completed when you subscribed to MackinCurator so we hope you love all our selections. At the end of the 7-day review period, all of the titles that are on your list will be provided, whether you have made any changes or not. The beauty of this service is that you aren’t required to edit the list if you don’t want to; you can just let great titles automatically be shipped to you. Of course, we will try not to post lists for your approval during major holiday or school break periods so if you have specific timelines that you wouldn’t be able to review a list, please let us know on your order form.
3. How large is the list of titles that is being created for me to choose from 3 times a year?
That depends on how much funding you have allocated for your MackinCurator subscription. Mackin’s professional librarians will prepare your first list with titles that equate to approximately 1/3 of your full subscription funding. The size for the next list will be determined based on how many dollars are left after we deduct the value of your first shipment; we’ll create a list that is 1/2 the value of your remaining dollars. The third list will have a few extra titles on it to make sure there are enough dollars to finalize your subscription value – in this instance, there may be some titles on your list that don’t get shipped so we don’t exceed your prepaid subscription dollars.
4. Can I add my own selections to the MackinCurator suggested list?
You ultimately have the power to decide what titles you will receive with each shipment. Typically, the MackinCurator subscription allows you to not have to spend so much time managing a title list to order but if you specifically have some titles you want shipped with your MackinCurator funding, you can add them to the 7-day review recommendations list. This could, of course, reduce how many dollars will be available for future lists, but it is always your choice.
5. When will I receive my shipments?
This depends on if you have chosen the months you want to receive your books or if Mackin will make the choice for you.
- If you indicated that you wanted your shipments in three specific months during the year, you will receive your title recommendation lists a few weeks in advance of each shipment for your review.
- If you indicated just a month to start your subscription, Mackin will choose the months that we will ship your materials. We would most likely space them out evenly across your annual subscription period.
6. How do I tell you what kinds of titles I want to receive?
Fill out the MackinCurator Order Form and complete the information to start your subscription. In the Content Specifics section, you can use the prepopulated categories we’ve listed or write in anything you specifically want on the Other Special Areas of Interest line.
7. How will you know that you aren’t sending a title I already own?
Checking our title recommendations against your current collection means that we will need to have a recent export of your MARC records uploaded before we create the title lists. Going forward, it would be helpful if you could automatically send us an updated file just prior to your next list. If you only order from Mackin, please indicate so and we won’t need an update of your MARC files each time, but rather we will check against all previous orders.
All of Mackin’s recommended book lists are prepared by our in-house librarians and educators, who are dedicated to providing the very best selections available based on the parameters provided by the organizations, librarians, and teachers requesting the title lists. Please understand, however, that all titles provided on our requested or standing lists are options for the purchaser to consider and are not guaranteed to fulfill the exact needs or requirements of every school, classroom, or library. We understand and respect that the purchaser will make the final selections most appropriate for their students. Mackin does not serve as the decision-maker or the authority regarding the titles that should or should not be purchased for any school, library, or classroom.