Ally Laird has been working with the Penn State University Libraries since June 2017, overseeing the Libraries Open Publishing Program there. She also chairs the Penn State Libraries Open Outreach Group, which coordinates the collaboration and dissemination of Open services to all of the Penn State campuses across Pennsylvania. She also currently serves as the chair of the Professional Development Committee for the Library Publishing Coalition. Before coming to Penn State, Ally worked for SpringerNature (previously Springer Science+Business Media) as an Associate Editor for their Current Reports group, and oversaw the publication of 5 journals. Ally has a Bachelor’s degree in English Communications from Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pennsylvania.