NIH Going Green with Literature Searching

PubMed Hybrid(Bethesda, MD — May 8, 2015) – The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has been a trailblazer in the greening of Federal agencies, installing solar panels on buildings – such as the Porter Neuroscience Research Center II (PNRC II) – and updating the lighting in most of its facilities.

Now it’s ready to take its anti-global warming message on the road – both literally and virtually.

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) recently announced it will offer a “hybrid class” for using its PubMed search system. PubMed, launched in June 1997, provides access to:

  • over 24,000,000 medical literature citations and articles
  • over 22,000,000 medical literature citations and articles in NLM’s MEDLINE database
  • over 4,900,000 free articles
  • over 40,000 citations from the 1800s
PriusMed Hybrid Vehicle

PriusMed Hybrid Vehicle

NLM staff will get things started off on the right foot by arriving at the training facilities in their new pride and joy: the PriusMed Hybrid Vehicle.

“It’s a ‘train-the-trainer’ class,” said an NLM official, speaking on condition of anonymity. “And while attendees will learn how to teach others to search PubMed, they’ll also be learning how to leave less of a carbon footprint in the process. And we’re going to set an example.”

The course will cover energy cost savings while performing MEDLINE searches.

“Shorter search times mean less electricity use,” said an NLM official, speaking on condition of anonymity. “So the first thing we teach our students is to forget about any medical literature that’s not in electronic format. No one cares about print-only materials, anyway.”

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Attendees will also learn how NLM has reduced the amount of electricity needed to keep PubMed’s servers online, not to mention how Buildings 38 and 38A – NLM’s home at NIH – reduced their energy usage.

“It was done mostly by attrition, though we did blacklist and fire some staff,” said an NLM official, speaking on condition of anonymity. “Offering fewer services to our patrons means less people needed on staff. Fewer people on staff means less energy usage. It’s not rocket science.”