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Voice recognition software and OCLC: technology that works

David J. Bertuca (David J. Bertuca is an Associate Librarian in the University Libraries, at the State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York, USA.)

OCLC Systems & Services: International digital library perspectives

ISSN: 1065-075X

Article publication date: 1 June 2000



Increased demands on catalogers to increase productivity, while maintaining quality and accuracy, can be difficult to meet, and may even be hazardous to their health. OCLC Passport for Windows (PFW) and CatME provide some ability to create macros and shortcuts to speed cataloging activities, but do not solve the problems created by long work sessions. Voice recognition software, which works with most applications, is an effective way to input commands and data accurately into a computer. The software can be customized to provide single word input of complex commands, allowing the cataloger to concentrate more on the content of their records, rather than the input. This type of software is helpful not only to workers with repetitive strain injury (RSI) or physical disabilities, but also to anyone requiring accurate input during extended work sessions. This article explains how the software works, offers examples, and provides tips on working with using voice recognition.



Bertuca, D.J. (2000), "Voice recognition software and OCLC: technology that works", OCLC Systems & Services: International digital library perspectives, Vol. 16 No. 2, pp. 69-75.




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