Jonathan Paulo is thrilled to be returning to the Semester at Sea library for his third voyage. He has seen firsthand the power that this program has to transform individuals and create community. Jonathan believes that Semester at Sea inspires and supports open-mindedness, diversity, attentiveness, empathy, curiosity, culture, and interconnectedness, all of which are sorely needed in our world.
Semester at Sea veteran Don Gogniat offers the following travel tip: “The more you know, the more interesting it is.” Jonathan is excited to lead the library in such a way that significantly enhances the voyage for students, staff, faculty and Lifelong Learners. Jonathan plans to create a welcoming, open, curious, and reflective library community in which students are eager to gain a deeper understanding of each country they visit and the subjects they are studying in class.
Jonathan works at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts as an Online Learning and Reference Librarian in Harvard Library. He sailed on the Fall 2012 and Spring 2015 voyages and has traveled to 43 countries, including every country on the Spring 2019 itinerary. He hopes to be an attentive, supportive, encouraging, reflective, and mindful presence to the shipboard community.
Jonathan grew up in Windsor Locks, Connecticut and received his B.A. in English from James Madison University. After graduating from JMU, he lived in San Diego, California for eight years, and highly recommends spending your twenties living at the beach. He then received his MLIS from San Jose State University and returned to his alma mater, JMU, to serve as the Education Librarian.
Jonathan enjoys filming and editing video, playing guitar and piano, traveling, drinking coffee, eating sweets, and reading books; doing all of these activities on the same day is a pretty perfect day.