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®. In 2016, Gold Rush altered its focus to collection analytics and developed the Gold Rush Library Content Comparison System. The classic Gold Rush services of ERM, link resolution, and A-Z services are still used by a variety of libraries but most now view Gold Rush as an analytics tool.
Gold Rush® continues to be a popular tool due to its regularly updated knowlebase, it is cost effective, and offers strong customer support.