Abstract: Many Web and Internet technologies have traditionally been used to serve information stores across machines and between people. There has been a great deal of recent interest in using these information services to support digital libraries. Digital libraries is an interdisciplinary research effort that must synthesize existing research from highly disparate fields. This paper examines two such contributing fields - information systems and orality-literary studies - and applies them to a particular digital library domain, botanical taxonomic work. In trying to build digital libraries for botanical taxonimists, we show how two widely differing fields each can provide part of a solution neither can provide alone.