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Specialized Library Provides


             Unique Collection of Resources



                                                   by Jane W. Haynes
         The Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado is the site of The Information
         Center for Ropeway Studies, a special division within its Arthur Lakes Library that
         is a repository of historic and technical information on materials transport, ski
         lifts and conveyances, passenger tramways, lifts and transportation by ropeways,
         and technologies and
         materials for ropeways.




               re  you  looking  for  standards,
               specifications or documentation
         A about ropeway projects,  exam-
         ples of how someone else solved a prob-
         lem you anticipate, or photos of unique
         installations? Perhaps you’re research-
         ing trends in  the ropeway and trans-
         portation sector, in order to prepare
         to keep up with  changing  needs.  The
         Information Center for Ropeway Stud-
         ies is a resource in the USA that has

         Material tramway located in Monongah,
         West Virginia.
                                                                               Cable forming machine, 1920-1929.

                                                                               information you will likely find helpful,
                                                                               with  its focus  on materials transport,
                                                                               ski lifts and conveyances, passenger
                                                                               tramways, lifts and transportation by
                                                                               ropeways, and technologies and mate-
                                                                               rials for ropeways.

                                                                               Resources Include Technical
                                                                               Information, Artifacts and
                                                                               Photographs
                                                                                 The Information Center for Rope-
                                                                               way Studies, located within the Ar-
                                                                               thur Lakes Library at the Colorado
                                                                               School of Mines in Golden, Colorado,
                                                                               holds the largest collection of publicly
                                                                               accessible ropeway materials in North
                                                                               America, including more than 800
                                                                               books,  30  journals  and  proceedings,
                                                                               industry newsletters, manufacturers’
                                                                               catalogs, manuals, standards, techni-
                                                                               cal drawings, photographs, artifacts
                                                                               and memorabilia.
                                                                                 One of the most popular resources
                                                                               accessed by visitors is the collection of
                                                                               ropeway photographs (approximately
                                                                               1,600 digital in their institutional Re-
                                                                               pository) - which  received 10%  of the
                                                                               Library’s digital traffic in 2017, accord-
                                                                                                continued on page 20
                                                                               All photos courtesy The Information Center
                                                                               for Ropeway Studies.

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