I made the corrections posted by sjsobol, moved the TLD file to the top level(was previously getting an error as well), but still can't seem to get this to work.
I am getting error:
org.apache.jasper.JasperException: /hello.jsp(7,16) Unable to load class hello
<%@ taglib uri="/oreillySample.tld" prefix="sample" %>
<title>Your Standard Hello World Demo</title>
Any ideas of what else I can check? -- thanks