Dr Julie Mundy-Taylor is a Research Librarian at the University of Newcastle, Australia. She is an Accredited Teller with the Storytelling Guild of Australia and has told stories and presented workshops to hundreds of adults and children across three states during a wonderful storytelling career spanning 30 years. She is the Co-host of Long Story Short – Storytelling Live and a Co-Founder of Caravan of Stories.
Julie has postgraduate qualifications in Children’s Literature and Information Management (Librarianship) and in 2004 pursued her abiding passion and commenced a research higher degree in storytelling. In 2013 Julie was awarded a PhD “Storytelling engagement in the classroom: observable behavioural cues of children's story experiences.” It remains one of only a handful of Australian PhD’s to explore oral storytelling.
Julie now shares that knowledge and those stories with researchers and audiences of all ages. It's not uncommon to find Julie opening a training session with a traditional story, whose relevance becomes clearer and enhances the content of the session as it goes on. As a research support librarian, Julie uses every type of technology at her disposal but ensures that she never gets so busy multitasking that she forgets to use the greatest information skills available – the ability to communicate, absorb and share stories.