I would like to set up Backpack Authentication. What options are available?

We support Backpack Authentication through secure FTP uploads, LDAP, SIP2, and Single Sign-On (SSO). Our SSO integrations include Alexandria, ClassLink, Clever, Follett Destiny, Google, Microsoft Office 365, and SAML. Contact Mackin’s Integrations team for more information on setting up this connection.

What information is needed to create a Backpack?

A user ID and password are the minimum requirements. Optional information includes first name, last name, user role, and email address. Email addresses will only be used to notify users that a requested title is available for check out or when a checkout, request, or hold has been canceled by the administrator.

How do I create Backpacks for my users?

There are several ways to create Backpacks in MackinVIA: Users can create their own Backpacks through self-registration. You can create Backpacks for users within your MackinVIA Administrator account, either individually or through an import of user data. You can send a file of user data to, and we will set up the Backpacks for…

What is a Backpack™?

A Backpack is an individual account used to store and manage digital resources. Users can save favorite resources, check out and request Mackin-hosted titles, view and edit notes, and access assigned resources.