Elaine Knecht has been the Director of Information Resources at Barclay Damon LLP since 2006. Her responsibilities include both legal and extra-legal research, vendor relations, training attorneys as they join the firm, and collection development and management.
Elaine came to librarianship through an interest in computers. As a volunteer at her son’s high school, she helped create the online public access catalog (OPAC) for the school after learning a software package that the school’s librarian purchased with a government grant. She received her MLS from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2005.
Prior to her work as a librarian, Elaine had a 29-year career as a program host on a public radio station that played classical music. With earlier degrees in music performance, she also spent time as a music teacher and opera singer. Elaine and her husband Don, who plays all the reed instruments as well as the piano, sing and play together — Cole Porter, Frank Sinatra covers, Broadway show tunes. She has been married for nearly 46 years, and has four children and seven grandchildren.