Gold Rush® was originally developed in 2001 by the Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries to help its member libraries organize their electronic resources. At this time, ERMs were not available in the commercial market place. In 2003, the Alliance began offering Gold Rush® to libraries outside of the consortium. Since this time, libraries throughout the nation have licensed Gold Rush®.
Though the user base is small, Gold Rush® continues to be a popular ERM because it is continuously updated, is cost effective, and offers strong customer support. Gold Rush® also has a large body of open access journals that can be selected and added to local holdings at no additional cost.
Recent enhancements to Gold Rush® include the ability to order databases in the public display and results screen, the ability to link directly to an article bypassing the link resolver results page, and a DOI look up field on the Article Finder.