Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Date of this Version

Fall 5-15-2021


This article was aimed at describing the integrative leadership styles concerning library performance. This study used a descriptive-qualitative method with a constructivist and critical interpretive paradigm on the phenomena of library leadership in the current Covid-19 pandemic era. Data were collected through observation and interview techniques with 9 informants, including the head of the library and librarians at Muhammadiyah University library of North Sumatera. Both observation and interview were conducted online because of health crisis conditions making it not possible to do them offline. The results showed that the role of the integrative leadership style, which employed democratic and transformative patterns, has provided a solution for the head of the library and librarians in dealing with service turbulence due to the covid-19. The integration of the two types of leadership styles helps the library encountering difficult times because the policies implemented can be accepted by all parties, without resistance. Improvements in the performance of librarians and library staff during the pandemic so far this study found that pandemic conditions did not stop the goals of achieving satisfaction, effective and affective works, and loyalty to institutions. This achievement showed the success of the lead engaging all elements of the library to work together in providing services to users. To maintain and improve the professionalism of the librarians' performance, professional patterns, accountability, commitment, motivation, innovation, creativity, and communication are carried out within the framework of leadership integration, which ultimately results in more effective and affective job satisfaction.