on October 21st, 2007 at

        Object-Oriented Programming, Systems, Languages and Applications
        (OOPSLA'07) conference in Montreal, Canada, October 21-25, 2007


Libraries are central to all major scientific, engineering, and
business areas, yet the design, implementation, and use of libraries
are underdeveloped arts. This symposium is one of the first steps in
the process of placing all aspects of libraries on a sound technical
and scientific basis through research into fundamental issues and
documentation of best practices.
A software library is an organized collection of code with associated
tools supporting programming in general or in specific domains,
usually united by a specified set of principles and conventions. Most
libraries are aimed for use by several people and in different
environments. The areas of software library research include

    * Design and implementation of libraries
    * Program and system design based on libraries
    * Libraries supporting specific application domains, such as
      biology or banking
    * Evolution, refactoring, and maintenance of libraries
    * Empirical studies of library use
    * Performance of libraries, including benchmarking and
      library-based optimizations
    * Design of language facilities and tools in support of library
      definition and use
    * Validation, debugging, and testing of libraries
    * Extensibility, parameterization, and customization
    * Distribution of libraries
    * Specification of libraries and their semantics
    * Usability for library users and developers
    * Assessing quality of libraries
    * Documentation and teaching of libraries
    * Creating and supporting communities of library users
    * Using several libraries in combination

We invite the submission of papers on software library
research, including, but not limited to, the above list of topics.
The papers should address issues important to libraries as
a field, i.e., describe ideas or techniques that can be reused for
libraries across problem domains and/or languages.

Authors should use the latest ACM SIGS conference
style file (option 1) at Submissions should
be limited to 12 pages in this style.

Accepted papers will be published in the ACM proceedings for the symposium.


Aug 1     Submission of papers
Sep 1     Notification of acceptance
Sep 15    Submission of final versions of the papers
Oct 21    Symposium


For details of the electronic submission procedure, see the symposium's
Web site,


    *  Jaakko J‰rvi, Texas A&M University
    *  David Musser, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    *  Sibylle Schupp, Chalmers University of Technology
    *  Jeremy Siek, University of Colorado at Boulder
    *  Frank Tip, IBM T.J. Watson Research


    * Matthew Austern, Google
    * Antonio Cisternino, University of Piza
    * Sean Parent, Adobe Systems Incorporated
    * Brian Goetz, Quiotix Corp.
    * Andrew Lumsdaine, Indiana University
    * Oege de Moor, Oxford University
    * Lawrence Rauchwerger, Texas A&M
    * Peter Sestoft, University of Copenhagen
    * Bjarne Stroustrup, AT&T Labs, Texas A&M
    * Michelle Strout, Colorado State University
    * Matthias Troyer, ETH Zurich
    * Todd Veldhuizen, University of Waterloo

In addition, the organizers will serve as program committee members,
with Jaakko J‰rvi and Josh Bloch as program co-chairs.

Primarily, the email address should be used for
questions addressed to the organizers.


There will be an invited talk by Doug Lea, State University of New
York at Oswego. Doug Lea is the author of the book "Concurrent
Programming in Java", and co-author of the text "Object-Oriented
System Development". He is the author of several widely used software
packages and components, as well as articles, reports, and
standardization efforts dealing with object oriented software
development including those on specification, design and
implementation techniques, distributed, concurrent, and parallel
object systems, and software reusability.


The symposium is a scientific forum for presenting original
research in the design, implementation, and evaluation of software
libraries. Other major activities include the identification of open
questions specific to library research and the discussion of a
strategic plan for establishing library research as a field. The
outcome of the symposium is a combination of research contributions and
specific next steps for improving the infrastructure for library

Participants are expected to read the accepted submissions beforehand.
The technical presentations, although based on the accepted papers,
should not provide mere summaries of the papers. Instead, authors are
encouraged to use their presentation slots (20 + 10 mins) to bring up
topics for discussion.

The technical presentations are mixed with scientific and
organizational discussions. The discussions aim at furthering the
topics of the presentations, thus their agenda will be publicly
discussed among the participants and then posted on the website of the
symposium. All participants are expected to come prepared with their
tentative answers or thoughts.

The full-day symposium starts with a keynote talk for the stimulation
of discussion and concludes with a plenary discussion that decides the
specific next steps for improving the infrastructure for library

the symposium's Web site,

Jeremy Siek <>
Visiting Assistant Professor
Department of Computer Science
University of Colorado at Boulder