Dr. Allard's research interests focus how scientists and engineers use and communicate information. She is a co-investigator and member of the Leadership Team for DataONE, an NSF funded cyberinfrastructure for environmental science information. Allard is the principal investigator on other projects related to science data. She was a founding member and past-chair of the American Society for Information Science and Technology's (ASIST) Special Interest Group on Digital Libraries. Previously, Dr. Allard provided consulting services to the television and motion picture industries as a vice president of Research Frontiers Corporation. She has also served as the editor-in-chief for an outdoors periodical and was a freelance writer. Allard's research has been presented at conferences in the United States, India, China, Germany, and South Korea and her work has been published in journals, including the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, The Electronic Library, and the American Communication Journal.
Ph.D., Communication, 2003, University of Kentucky M.S.L.S., Library and Information Science, 1999, University of Kentucky B.A., Economics, 1982, California State University
Dr. Allard is interested in how scientists and engineers use and communicate information particularly in terms of international teams and virtual scientific organizations. She was co-lead of IEEE funded research that studied communication of information among hi-tech engineers in the US, India, and China. Dr. Allard is also involved in developing an Intercultural Leadership Toolkit for the Information Age in partnership with colleagues at the University of Puerto Rico. She has been involved in teaching, research, and professional activities in Asia, primarily in China, Korea and India. Dr. Allard has particular expertise in India working with Jadavpur University in Kolkata, and with the International School of Information Management at Mysore University, in Mysore. Dr. Allard sits on the Board of Directors of the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations.