It is time for a new academic year to begin. The faculty have returned, well rested, from their summer vacations. The freshmen have arrived for orientation and are already groggy from freedom-inspired bouts of binge drinking. Of course, the library has to have a theme for everything. This year's orientation theme is space exploration. And I have been asked to wear a badge that reads, "Mission Control Research Group." When my supervisor handed it to me this morning, I looked at her incredulously, and as she returned my incredulity I realized that she wasn't joking.