Plattsburgh librarian’s job eliminated

Kelly Julian Sexton doesn’t know what her next move will be

Kelly Julian Sexton loves her job handling local history as a librarian for the Plattsburgh Public Library.

Kelly Julian Sexton loves her job handling local history as a librarian for the Plattsburgh Public Library. Photo by Stephen Bartlett.

PLATTSBURGH — It took Kelly Julian Sexton a while to find her way to the library.

But now that she’s been there a bit, the Plattsburgh Public Library librarian loves her job.

Sadly, Sexton’s position was eliminated in a round of cuts to deal with a $150,000 deficit, and she is slated to lose her position by the end of the month.

“I don’t know what I am going to do at this point,” said the 38-year-old single mother of two children.

Sexton graduated with a double major in psychology and anthropology and a minor in archaeology.

“I just took classes I was interested in.”

Then, one day she got on the Civil Service list for a library clerk and landed a job at the Plattsburgh Public Library, though by the end of the interview for that job people were pointing her in the direction of librarian. She returned to school and earned her master’s degree in library science.

“I think I was born a librarian,” Sexton said. “It was just a matter of getting a degree and realizing it.”

Today she takes care of local history at the Plattsburgh Public Library where she recently organized a collection that was more than 120-years-old, with some documents that were even older. The collection includes letters from Alexander Macomb and Thomas Macdonough about troop movements.

Macomb was the field commander at the Battle of Plattsburgh and commanding general of the United States Army from May 29, 1828 to June 25, 1841. During the war of 1812, Macdonough commanded the naval forces that defeated the British navy.

“I got the best job in the building,” she said. “It is fun to get into the old stuff. You open a box and you are not sure what you are going to find.”

She also spends much of her time at the reference desk, answering patrons’ questions.

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