November 2016 Recap

Legislative updates:

Date: November 30, 2016

Subject: Injunction against new overtime rule

Special Assistant Attorney General Jay Eads issued this statement on Wednesday, November 30:

To:  All Agency Attorneys and Counsel

On November 22, 2016, a U.S. District Court judge issued a preliminary injunction enjoining the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) from implementing and enforcing the regulation promulgated at 81 Fed. Reg. 32,391; 29 C.F.R. Sections 541.100, 541.200, 541.204, 541.300, 541.400, 541.602, 541.604, 541.605, and 541.607, pending further order of the court.

This rule, more commonly known as the Overtime Payment Rule, established a new minimum salary threshold for white collar (executive, administrative, and professional) exemptions from overtime pay under the FLSA.  The rule was to take effect on December 1, 2016, and would have raised the salary exemption threshold from approximately $23,660 to $47,892 for those categories.  The injunction has nationwide application and is therefore applicable to all states and employers, including state agencies and commissions.  A copy of the Opinion and Order is attached for your convenience.




  1. The Annual Statistical Report was due on December 1, 2016. If you have any questions about the report or submission process, please contact Joy Garretson at (601) 432-4498 or
  2. Libraries who have not filed a Form 486 need to get it in as soon as possible, as per the email from Tammy Jones on Tuesday, November 29.


Grants and Awards:

Mississippi Humanities Council Bicentennial Grants:

As Mississippi marks 200 years of statehood in 2017, the Mississippi Humanities Council encourages communities across the state to reflect upon and celebrate our shared history and culture, while envisioning the future of Mississippi.

This grant program will make public funds available for bicentennial commemorations, projects and celebrations throughout Mississippi. Applications will be accepted on a monthly basis on the first of the month, beginning December 1, 2016, and continue through November 1, 2017 or until the money is gone.

Grants up to $10,000 will be awarded. There is a dollar-for-dollar match, but for grants up to $5000, the match can be in-kind. For every dollar above $5000, at least half the match has to be cash. Please let Tracy Carr know if you have any questions about this grant or about a potential bicentennial project your library is considering. And good luck!


2017 Margaret Murray Grant:

The application for the Friends of Mississippi Libraries Inc.’s Margaret Murray Grant is now open and available on the State Friends Webpage hosted by the Mississippi Library Commission or by accessing the form directly HERE.

Funds for this grant are earmarked for programming, collection development, and literacy activities. Funds are not intended for administrative or operational use. Grants for 2017 have been increased to $500 and three chapters are to be awarded. Successful applicants must agree to match grant funds at the minimum of 10% ($50.00).

If there are any questions please do not hesitate to contact Lacy Ellinwood at (601) 432-4154.

Deadline: February 24th, 2017.  Awards will be announced: April 3rd, 2017.


Kaigler-Lamont Award:

The Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival is currently accepting nominations for the 2017 Kaigler-Lamont Award. All Nominations are due December 9, 2016.

The Kaigler-Lamont Award is awarded each year to a children’s or school librarian for distinguished accomplishments in promoting children’s reading in Mississippi schools and public libraries. The award is presented annually at The University of Southern Mississippi School of Library and Information Science Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival.

Additional information about the award including the nomination form, may be found at


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