Emily Ford loves stories. She is curious to understand the human experience, and how we can connect in community through individual and collective experiences. Although her research is focused on opening scholarly peer review, she views the peer-review system as one composed of human experience stories. As one of the co-founders of In the Library with the Lead Pipe, she became immersed in peer review and publishing early in her career. She currently serves as Urban & Public Affairs Librarian at Portland State University, where she is also on the Library’s scholarly communication team. When not immersed in stories, she is most likely found trail running, practicing yoga, puttering in her yard, or petting her cats and her pet rats.