Dr Julie Mundy-Taylor

Dr Julie Mundy-Taylor

Research Librarian

University Library

Career Summary


Dr Julie Mundy-Taylor is a Research Librarian at the Ourimbah Campus Library of the University of Newcastle, Australia. Her role is to support the research needs of academics and postgraduates in the disciplines of Health and Science. Julie assists researchers with scholarly research, data management, citation software and analysis and finding the appropriate avenues to publish and promote their research.

Research support and storytelling as a perfect partnership

Julie has postgraduate qualifications in information management and continues to actively engage in professional development in this constantly changing field. Having spent her adult life studying library science and literature in 2004 Julie decided to pursue her other 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.” Along the way Julie learned that the communication, listening skills, audience awareness and innate love of stories inherent in storytelling can also be utilised in assisting researchers to develop their information literacy skills.

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 and to absorb and share stories.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle


  • Communication
  • Data management
  • Information literacy
  • Research support
  • Storytelling

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
130201 Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy 40
209999 Language, Communication and Culture not elsewhere classified 20
190499 Performing Arts and Creative Writing not elsewhere classified 40

Professional Experience

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/04/1989 - 1/09/1995 Regional Youth Services Librarian Goulburn Valley Regional Library Service, Victoria


For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

Journal article (7 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Mundy-Taylor J, May JR, Reynolds R, 'Storytelling in 3D: Interrogating Engagement with Oral Storytelling in the School Classroom', Storytelling, Self, Society, Vol. 11 159-182 (2017) [C1]
DOI 10.13110/storselfsoci.11.2.0159
Co-authors Ruth Reynolds, Julie Mundy-Taylor, Josephine May
2017 Mundy-Taylor J, May J, Reynolds R, 'Storytelling in 3D: Interrogating engagement with oral storytelling in the school classroom', Storytelling, Self, Society, 11 159-182 (2017) [C1]

© 207 by Wayne State University Press, Detroit, MI 48201. This paper outlines the researcher-devised QUEST method to clarify and identify children¿s engagement with oral storyte... [more]

© 207 by Wayne State University Press, Detroit, MI 48201. This paper outlines the researcher-devised QUEST method to clarify and identify children¿s engagement with oral storytelling. In a series of research challenges and solution-seeking processes, the storyteller worked with traditional storytelling approaches and also with contemporary digital recordings and analysis software to follow students¿ responses to storytelling experiences. As a result of deep analysis that looked beyond the raw data and questioned why certain responses occurred, a set of Indicators of Engagement were devised. Twenty-five indicators were identified that were further broken down in clusters of common types of engagement behaviors. These indicators can be applied to future studies, with both children and adults that investigate the intriguing phenomenon of storytelling.

Co-authors Josephine May, Ruth Reynolds, Julie Mundy-Taylor
2015 Mundy-Taylor J, 'Beware the predators in the self-publishing pool', Women's Ink Magazine, Autumn 6-6 (2015)
Co-authors Julie Mundy-Taylor
2013 Mundy-Taylor J, 'Half Chick got burned', The Storyteller Magazine, 20(3), 12., 20 12-12 (2013)
Co-authors Julie Mundy-Taylor
2013 Mundy-Taylor J, 'Teller's tips: Ethics and classroom management', The storyteller magazine, Spring 14-15 (2013)
Co-authors Julie Mundy-Taylor
2012 Lyons GS, Mundy-Taylor J, 'Following the blue bouncing ball: An evidence-based strategy for using storytelling and collaborative stretching to enhance quality of life for persons with severe cognitive impairments', Storytelling, Self, Society, 8 85-107 (2012) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 2
Co-authors Gordon Lyons, Julie Mundy-Taylor
2011 Lyons GS, Cassebohm M, Mundy-Taylor J, ''Stretching': A simple strategy for improving the quality of life of children and young people with profound and multiple learning difficulties', The SLD Experience, 61 8-12 (2011) [C1]
Co-authors Julie Mundy-Taylor, Gordon Lyons
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Conference (7 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Mundy-Taylor J, 'It¿s all a plot: preparation, memorisation and presentation for storytelling [Workshop]' (2014)
Co-authors Julie Mundy-Taylor
2014 Mundy-Taylor J, 'The indicators of Engagement [Poster]' (2014)
Co-authors Julie Mundy-Taylor
2012 Mundy-Taylor J, 'There's always fish' (2012)
Co-authors Julie Mundy-Taylor
2010 Mundy-Taylor J, O'Shea S, 'From the web to writing: The role of collaboration in providing first year university students with the skills to succeed.', http://www.aair.org.au/pages/forum-2007 (2010)
Co-authors Julie Mundy-Taylor
2009 Mundy-Taylor J, 'Information as meaning-making: how children use a 'sense of story' to understand narrative and information' (2009)
Co-authors Julie Mundy-Taylor
2009 Mundy-Taylor J, Vanderwyck A, 'Measuring the impact of cross-cultural storytelling as a vehicle for the development of a culturally aware & racially inclusive, multi-sector campus', The 2nd National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Family & Community Strengths Conference. Abstracts (2009) [E3]
Co-authors Julie Mundy-Taylor
2007 Mundy-Taylor J, 'Utilising the PAL technique: the power of traditional storytelling to encourage oral history responses - a workshop', Old stories, new ways: The Oral History Association of Australia Proceedings of the 2007 National Oral History Conference (2007)
Co-authors Julie Mundy-Taylor
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Other (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Mundy-Taylor J, Norton C, 'The tree of collaboration: Getting to the roots of conducting a collaborative health research project', (2016) [O1]
Co-authors Julie Mundy-Taylor, Carol Norton

Thesis / Dissertation (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2013 Mundy-Taylor J, Storytelling engagement in the classroom: Observable behavioural cues of children's story experiences, University of Newcastle (2013)
Co-authors Julie Mundy-Taylor

Dr Julie Mundy-Taylor


Research Librarian
Research and Learning Librarians
University Library
Academic Division

Contact Details

Email julie.mundy-taylor@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4348 4225
Fax (02) 4348 4215
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Room IRC2.53
Building Information Resource Centre
Location Ourimbah
10 Chittaway Road
Ourimbah, NSW 2258