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MackinCurator is a custom print 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!

Subscribers will receive three shipments during your annual subscription. You will indicate the three months you would like to receive shipments or the month you would like to start your subscription.

To learn more about MackinSelect, go to the main menu and choose Services and Products > Print > Print Subscriptions.

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7-day Review Window [1]
End of Review Period [2]
ListSize [3]
Custom List Selection [4]
Shipping [5]
Choosing Titles [6]
Avoiding Duplicate Titles [7]

7-day Review Window

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.

End of Review Period

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.

Title List Size

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.

Custom List Selection

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.


This depends on if you have chosen the months you want to receive your books or if Mackin will make the choice for you.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Choosing Titles

Fill out the MackinCurator Order Form [8] 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.

Avoiding Duplicate Titles

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. You will be contacted by our Collection Management Specialists when you first start your subscription to make sure we have a current MARC export on file. 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.