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.