Gold Rush was originally developed in 2001 by the CO Alliance of Research Libraries to help its member libraries organize their electronic resources. At this time, ERMs were not available in the commerical market place. In 2003, the CO Alliance began offering Gold Rush to libraries outside of the consortium. Since this time, libraries throughout the nation have licensed Gold Rush. For a complete list of libraries see:
Though the user base is small, Gold Rush continues to be a popular ERM because it is continuously updated and is cost effective, particulary for small libraries. Gold Rush subscribers have also been pleased with the reliable and personal customer service, which often times is a challenge for a larger company to provide.
Over the last decade, the Co Alliance has added lots of enhancements to Gold Rush. More recent enhancements include a full customizable subscription record, ability to order databases in the public interface and link resolver page and the ability to link directly to an article, bypassing the link resolver results page (expected release first quarter 2012).